Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern eases lockdown restriction ‘won the battle’ against Covid-19

Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern,has announced that the NZ has won the battle’ against Coronavirus as she prepares to ease strict lockdown rules.

The easing of restrictions came as New Zealand reported only one new case of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 1,122 with 19 deaths.

About one million New Zealanders are expected to return to work, provided they have a Covid-19 control plan in place, with appropriate health and safety and physical distancing measures.

New Zealand will lift its level-4 lockdown by 11.59pm on Monday, which has been in place for more than four weeks and move to Level Three.

Retailers, restaurants, and schools will be allowed to reopen on a smaller scale. Schools will reopen on Wednesday for children up to Year 10 who cannot study from home, or whose parents need to return to work.

Small collection of relatives, close friends are to ensure they remain 2m apart from all people outside of those groups.

We are opening up the economy, but we’re not opening up people’s social lives,” Ms Ardern said.

The Pm said, New Zealand would remain on a level-3 lockdown for a fortnight before officials decided on whether to transition to level 2.