New Zealand to lift lockdown on Oct 7; ‘We beat the Virus Again’ says PM Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern has announced that the country has defeated the coronavirus again and the restriction in Auckland will be lifted this week as the city will be moving to alert level 1 from 11.59pm on October 7.

With much pleasure, she said that the second wave of infections has been eliminated in Auckland. New Zealand has a total of 1,855 cases with 25 fatalities.

The country was first reported coronavirus-free state in May that continued for 102 days without community transmission. However, in August, Auckland was forced to go into lockdown again after a new cluster emerged in the city.

“It felt longer and dragged on in what was already starting to feel like a very long year,” she said.

“But despite this, Aucklanders and New Zealanders stuck to the plan that has worked twice now, and beat the virus again,” said the Prime Minister.

Ardern said from late Wednesday Auckland would join the rest of New Zealand on level one, the lowest rating on the government’s four-tier virus alert system.