On Sunday, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health reported that it is now 100 days since the last community transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Overseas, over 728,000 people have lost their lives as a result of this virus. Though, in the isolation facilities, the country still has 23 active COVID-19 cases.
Achieving 100 days without community transmission is a significant milestone, however, as we all know, we can’t afford to be complacent. 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. Every person in the team of five million has a role to play in this. Seek advice from your GP or Healthline on getting a test if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and stay at home if you are unwell. Keep a record of your movements so you can refer to them for contact tracing if required. Don’t let the team down – none of us can afford to do that.Ashley Bloomfield (Director-General of Health)
These 23 active cases are in quarantine facilities and managed isolation, with none of them in need of hospital-level care. On Saturday, 4,249 tests in total were processed in laboratories, with the total number of tests conducted standing at 494,481. This same day, 542 swabs were taken in quarantine facilities and managed isolation.
This result is great, as New Zealand may be on its way to be free of the Coronavirus. With no new cases reported in the last 100 days and just 23 active cases compared to other countries with large digits in this regard, New Zealand will soon achieve this feat. Their last case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) community transmission or virus transfer was on May 1st, from an unknown source.
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