New Zealand has won battle against virus transmission, says PM Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand has won battle against virus transmission, says PM Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern claimed that New Zealand had scored a significant victory against the spread of the coronavirus. "There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in New Zealand," Ardern declared. "We have won that battle." After nearly five weeks at the maximum Level Four restrictions -- with only essential services operating -- the country will move to Level Three late on Monday.

That will allow some businesses, takeaway food outlets and schools to reopen. The easing of restrictions came as New Zealand, a nation of five million people, reported only one new case of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 1,122 with 19 deaths.