On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that what New Zealand calls its Category 4 measures — the most intense level — would last until end of day April 27, after which the country will revert to Category 3, a level with greater freedoms.
“We have done what few countries have been able to do — we have stopped a wave of devastation,” said Ardern, who has received widespread praise both at home and abroad for taking early, decisive action against COVID-19.
“The number of cases that each person with the virus passes it on to is now 0.48, less than half a person each. Overseas, the average is 2.5 people, so we have among the lowest number of confirmed cases per 100,000 people in the world.”
As of Tuesday, the country of five million people had registered 1,445 cases and just 13 deaths, most of them in nursing homes.
The majority of those infected have also now recovered.
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