New Zealand marks 100 straight days without new cases.
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On Sunday, New Zealand marked the 100th day without a single coronavirus case. The country managed to stop the spread of the virus through a strict lockdown which was implemented in late March.
The lockdown was imposed after a 100 foreign nationals tested positive in late March. In the past 3 months, the only COVID-19 cases were from returning travelers.
In early June, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden,40, said that health officials are ‘confident we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now.’ The Prime Minister also added, ‘I don’t believe there is any other country that has had COVID, come into our position, and sustained away from our borders for that period of time.’
New Zealand has been praised from a number of countries, for its ability to stop the spread of the virus. An epidemiologist, Michael Baker, said ‘It was good science and great political leadership that made the difference.’ He added, ‘If you look around the globe at countries that have done well, it’s usually that combination.’
New Zealand will have an election on September 19th. The Prime Minister is expected to win according to opinion polls. She has been widely praised for her action against COVID-19 and she promised to pledge more than $205 million rescue package to aid businesses that were affected by the coronavirus lockdown.