Last patient leaves hospital. New Zealand says it’s free of COVID-19

New Zealand has confirmed it is clear of novel COVID-19 with no new cases of the virus reported and no active cases.

The last patient was released from isolation after showing no symptoms for two days.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that New Zealand will lift its last remaining restrictions to curb the coronavirus.

Ardern said New Zealand had introduced a strict lockdown 75 days ago with the aim of getting to a level “where life feels as normal as it can in the midst of a global pandemic. Today, I can announce that cabinet has agreed we can now move to Level 1.”

“There’s no denying this is a milestone,” Ardern said. “Thank you, New Zealand.”

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