There have been no new coronavirus cases recorded in New Zealand for a second consecutive day on Tuesday as the island nation is on track to achieve its bold goal of eliminating the virus.
According to New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, one case previously classified as probable has been changed to “not a case”, lowering the country’s tally of confirmed and probable cases by one to 1,486.
Four people are currently hospitalized with none of them in the intensive care unit.
“We must stick to the plan. The worst thing we could do now is celebrate success early before the full-time whistle blows and jeopardize the gains we have made.” Dr. Bloomfield said.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urged Kiwis to double down on their efforts to maintain the good run of numbers, warning them against complacency.
“Stay home. Stay in your bubble. Maintain physical distancing and let’s double down this week to maintain this good run of numbers,” she said.
“As we head towards the level 3 review next week, my message remains: don’t do anything that snatches our potential victory at this point.”