It has been one hundred (100) days since the last case of COVID-19 in New Zealand was acquired locally from an unknown source. This great news has been announced by the New Zealand Ministry of Health through a media release on August 9, 2020.
As of August 9, New Zealand’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases remains at 1,219, wherein twenty-three (23) of which are still active and are in managed isolation facilities.
Since July 2020, the country was already being praised by the World Health Organization (WHO) for its early success in controlling COVID-19. The country’s efforts on crushing the curve have now lead to the 9th of August being their 100th day without community spread.
“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.”
– Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health
According to Dr. Bloomfield, every person in the team of five million has a role to play in this, thus they should not let the team down.
The Director-General of Health encouraged those who have symptoms of COVID-19 to seek advice on getting a test and stay at home. He also advised everyone else to keep a record of their movements in case contact tracing is required.
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