New Zealand lifts all Covid-19 restrictions except from Auckland

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern during a news conference in Christchurch | Photo: Reuters

Wellington, New Zealand — The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern lifts all Covid-19 restrictions in the country except in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland.

Although some of the restrictions have been liften in Auckland as well, such as allowing gatherings of up to 100 people, Ardern stated that the city needs more time before all the curbs are lifted as new infections were recently confirmed in the city.

“Our actions collectively have managed to get the virus under control, this was the centre of the outbreak and that’s why that caution is needed here,” Ardern stated regarding the restrictions in Auckland.

While the nation with approximately five million people had managed to halt community transmission of Covid-19 since earlier this year, a fresh outbreak in Auckland had prompted the government to place the city in lockdown on August.

Reports show that New Zealand is already far below compared to many other countries as they have confirmed only 1,464 cases and 25 deaths up to date. The country had recorded no new Covid-19 cases on Monday as well.

The 40-year-old prime minister of New Zealand would be facing a general election on October 17. However, this would be the least of her concerns, as she already has a strong lead over her rivals in the polls due to her success in containing the Covid-19 virus.