New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said while the virus may be “currently” eliminated, it’s important not to become complacent.
“There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in the country…We have won that battle. But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way,” she said.
New Zealand will reduce its level four restrictions to level three from Monday. “I’ll not risk the gains we’ve made in the health of New Zealanders. So if we need to remain at Level Three, we will,” she added.
Ardern said her Cabinet would discuss the next move on May 11.
New Zealand reported one COVID-19 case Monday, taking its total to 1,122. The virus has killed 19 people.