New Zealand lifted all restrictions aimed at controlling the spread of coronavirus on June 8 as the last COVID-19 patient in the country recovered.

However, strict border controls will remain in place. Restrictions such as maintaining social distance and less public gatherings will not be enforced anymore.

“We are confident we have eliminated the transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a televised address, adding that Kiwis had “united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus”.

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The country with a population of 50 lakhs, had 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 22 deaths related to it.

The country did not witness a single new case of COVID-19 for 17 days and was left with just one active case for more than a week.

Ardern while addressing to the nation said the sacrifices made by the people of New Zealand, including a drastic seven-week lockdown that helped control the spread of coronavirus, had been rewarded now that there were no active cases in the country.

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