The devil is back in town! New Zealand has recorded two coronavirus cases this morning and kiwis are rolling their eyes over it. It was last week when New Zealand declared itself 100% COVID free and celebrated its victory over the virus.
New Zealand said on Tuesday that it has two new cases of the coronavirus, both related to recent travel from the UK, ending a 24-day streak of no new infections in the country.
The new infections are a set back to New Zealand, which lifted all social and economic restrictions except border controls last week, declaring it had no new or active cases of the coronavirus, one of the first countries in the world to return to pre-pandemic normality.
“I don’t want New Zealanders to believe that the battle is over when it is not,” she said earlier this week.
The two new cases are women aged in their 30s and 40s who visited a dying parent in Wellington, the director-general of health said in a news conference. Both women arrived in New Zealand on June 7 from the UK, via Doha and Brisbane, and were in an isolation facility in Auckland. They were given special permission to leave the facility to visit the dying parent in Wellington. Both are self – isolating now, Ashley Bloomfield said.
This takes the total number of cases recorded in the country to 1,506 cases. The country was able to win the battle against COVID 19 due to strict restrictions in which most businesses were shut and everyone except essential workers had to stay home.
Ardern has been wary of saying the country was ‘COVID-free’ as the global pandemic raged around the world and new cases were likely to come to the country.