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New Zealand discharges last coronavirus patient from hospital

New Zealand is one of the leading countries in coronavirus control. The results of early lockdown procedures are delivering successful outcomes as the final COVID-19 patient is released from hospital.

New Zealand currently has 21 active cases country-wide and has gone 6 days without any new cases.

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The strict lockdown strategies of New Zealand have delivered hopeful results for the country as the last COVID-19 patient is released from hospital.

New Zealand confirmed its first coronavirus case on February 26, and a nation-wide lockdown was fully implemented less than a month later. Today, the last coronavirus patient was released from hospital care and the number of New Zealand’s active coronavirus cases sits at only 21.

Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden reported that New Zealand had officially “won” the battle against widespread community COVID-19 transmissions:

“There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle. But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way.”

Thanks to Arden, New Zealand may be able to lift many lockdown restrictions in the upcoming weeks, though government and health officials continue to remain extremely cautious. The country’s citizens can currently hold gatherings of up to 100 people. There are also plans for a possible travel bubble with Australia.

The country has reported a total of 1,504 cases altogether with 21 deaths. The death toll has not risen since May 6. There have been a total of 267, 435 tests performed and outstanding cases are currently being tracked through the NZ Covid Tracer app.