by Chhavi Madaan | 2020-08-10

New Zealand, with a population of five million people, has successfully achieved 100 days without community transmission which is a new milestone. There are no reports of any new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. The country has become one of the safest places in the world due to its successful fight against the coronavirus.

Cases of COVID-19

The first case of the coronavirus was diagnosed on February 26 and the last case of the community transmission was recorded on May 1 in the country. The number of confirmed cases of New Zealand’s COVID-19 remains at 1,569. Reports of 2 cases being recovered leaves 21 active cases that were detected at the border and are being managed in isolation facilities. Out of these none of the cases requires hospital-level care for COVID-19. The country closed its borders on March 19 during the pandemic.

The country stopped the spread of the virus by imposing a strict lockdown in late March when only 100 cases were detected positive for the disease. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the country is only 22. The citizens of New Zealand are now enjoying a near normal lifestyle with no social distancing. Spectators are allowed at cultural and sports events. The borders are strictly controlled with all the arrivals need to spend 14 days in quarantine.

Future planning

The director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield said that no doubt achieving 100 days without community transmission was a huge milestone but they can’t afford to be complacent. He said that they were aware and have seen how quickly the virus has re-emerged and spread in the places where it was previously under control. So they would be prepared to quickly stamp out any future cases in New Zealand.

Australia and Vietnam also saw a time when their new cases were under control, but now again are having new COVID-19 cases. The government knows that there is a possibility of a second wave and thus is pushing all its citizens to keep an emergency supply kit including masks. They know that tracing contacts of cases of COVID-19 as quickly as possible would help them to stop the virus from spreading in their community.

Among other things, they are scaling up their capacity in testing and contact tracing as they can’t afford for people to wait until there is a case of community transmission. They want every New Zealander to be prepared for the virus to re-emerge so they want them to start using New Zealand COVID application by the name NZCOVID Tracer App. This would help them to quickly isolate any contacts of the future case in their community before the virus spreads out of control.

New Zealand has won widespread praise for its effective handling of the coronavirus. Even The World Health Organization has appreciated the country’s efforts to set as an example for others and having successfully eliminated community transmission.


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