New Zealand says it’s down to just one coronavirus case


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New Zealand is down to its last coronavirus case.

The country is reporting Friday that just one person out of its population of 5 million is known to still have COVID-19 after no new cases were detected in the past week.

Since the outbreak began there, 1,504 people were found to have contracted the virus. Of those, 1,481 have recovered and 22 died. About 275,000 people have been tested.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is attributing her country's success in combating the coronavirus pandemic to a strict early lockdown and people’s ongoing vigilance. (AP)

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is attributing her country’s success in combating the coronavirus pandemic to a strict early lockdown and people’s ongoing vigilance. (AP)

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The developments come after the final hospitalized patient receiving treatment for the coronavirus in New Zealand was discharged Wednesday.

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“We are still in a global pandemic,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said earlier this week. “Cases continue to grow overseas, and we still do have people coming home. But for the most part, many aspects of life can and should feel much more normal.”

While Ardern has yet to drastically lift lockdown rules, New Zealand is planning to loosen restrictions by increasing the maximum size of gatherings from 10 people to 100 beginning Friday.



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