No new cases of coronavirus have been reported in New Zealand for 11 days, after which all restrictions on the country's epidemic are expected to be lifted next week.
According to Reuters, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference that the country could move to Alert Level One next week.
That is, all measures related to social distance and restrictions on public gatherings will be lifted.
However, he said the country's borders would remain closed.
"Our tough but quick strategy has yielded the best results, while in some cases we have achieved better than we expected," he said.
He said the final decision on lifting all sanctions would be taken by the cabinet on June 8, which was originally scheduled for June 22.
For the 11th day in a row, no new cases of coronavirus have been reported in New Zealand, with only one active case of the epidemic in the country.
The main reason for this is the implementation of severe lockdown in the country for about 7 weeks, during which most businesses were closed and all the people except the necessary workers had to stay at home.
"We will be the first country in the world where life will return to normal so quickly," said Jacinda Ardern.
Yesterday, thousands of New Zealanders marched against the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody in the United States, keeping the social distance at bay.
The New Zealand prime minister said he too was "terrified" of the death of a black man, but that the protesters had broken the rules.