Down to Level 1

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Two lovely developments on the Coronavirus front:

  • The last confirmed case of the disease in New Zealand has recovered. We have not had any fresh cases for seventeen days.
  • As of midnight tonight, New Zealand drops to Level 1.

Level 1 principles, as detailed by the Prime Minister:

  • If you are sick, stay home
  • If you have cold or flu-like symptoms get tested
  • Wash your hands, Wash your hands, Wash your hands
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow and regularly disinfect shared surfaces
  • If you are told by health authorities to self isolate you must do so immediately
  • If concerned about your well-being or you have underlying health conditions consult with your GP
  • Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen so we can use that for contact tracing if needed
  • Businesses should help with rule seven by displaying a QR code
  • Stay vigilant

As you can see, Level 1 is basically cautious normality. Social distancing is still encouraged, and the borders will be closed for the foreseeable future, but the upshot is that New Zealand has now eliminated the virus. 22 total deaths, and 1154 confirmed cases since 28th February… not bad going by international standards.

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