By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

On Monday, Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern said at least at the present time, the country has defeated the coronavirus.

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“There is no widespread undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle,” Ardern said Monday. “But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way.”

Today, New Zealand reported only one new confirmed case of COVID-19 to report and four new probable cases.

All of today’s cases can be traced to a known source. Three are linked to St Margarets Hospital & Rest Home, and two are linked to known cases.

To date, New Zealand has reported a total of 1469 COVID-19 cases, including 19 deaths.

Today, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 3, moving out of Alert Level 4 lockdown. The Government’s decision today allows many businesses to get going again, and for many people to go back to work.

Schools will be able to open soon after we move into Alert Level 3.

Strict isolation and monitoring around confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 will continue during Level 3.

All confirmed and probable cases will continue to be managed in quarantine (if recently arrived into New Zealand) or be under strict isolation and active management (if already in New Zealand).