Sunday, August 9, 2020

Virus free New Zealand is the world’s safest place for now

New Zealand, the Pacific island nation of 5 million people is the safest place in the world right now.

In a Covid-19 pandemic raging world, New Zealand has successfully kept the disease away from its shores, in the last 100 days.

Although, New Zealanders have returned to normal life, the authorities are concerned that people were now refusing testing, not using the government contact tracing apps, and even ignoring basic hygiene rules.

“Achieving 100 days without community transmission is a significant milestone, however, as we all know, we can’t afford to be complacent,” Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said.

“We have seen overseas how quickly the virus can re-emerge and spread in places where it was previously under control, and we need to be prepared to quickly stamp out any future cases in New Zealand,” he said.

New Zealand has 23 active cases in managed isolation facilities, and 1,219 COVID-19 cases in all so far.