Thu, 02 Jul 2020

WELLINGTON, June 4 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand reported no new case of COVID-19 for 13 consecutive days, with the combined total of confirmed and probable cases staying at 1,504, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said on Thursday.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 remains at 1,154, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization, Bloomfield told a press conference.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths in New Zealand remained at 22, with no additional deaths, according to the health ministry. There is no one in New Zealand receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19.

The NZ COVID Tracer app has now recorded 495,000 registrations, Bloomfield said.

Restrictions on businesses will be removed under COVID-19 Alert Level 1. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern explained the details on Wednesday as New Zealanders are seeing their lives returning to normal.

The decision to move down to Alert Level 1 will be made on June 8, Ardern said, adding it was possible that New Zealand could move down to Alert Level 1 by June 10.

Strict border controls will still remain, Ardern said, adding restrictions on hospitality businesses, gatherings and community sport will be lifted.

She said it is not necessary to consider physical distancing measures under Alert Level 1, but the government still encourages contact tracing efforts.

Ardern stressed coughing etiquette, adding risks remain as New Zealand heads into winter with more asymptomatic transmission.

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