Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says while Kiwis can take heart in recording no new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, she stresses that it was a reflection on the success of efforts at level 4, rather than level 3.
Ardern told New Zealanders to stay the course as we could not afford to squander the good work when the end goal was so close.
She noted that Kiwis had been better than many other countries at physical distancing.
“Your efforts, New Zealand, have put us at the front of the pack,” Ardern said.
The decision on whether the country will move into level 2 remains to be decided next Monday, but clearer level 2 rules will be explained on Thursday.
“We need every day from now until next Monday to know for sure that we succeeded in locking in the gains of level 4,” Ardern said.
New Zealand reported zero new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, the first time since lockdown measures were introduced.
“We need to not get ahead of ourselves, and finish the job that we’ve started,” Ardern said.
The prime minister also said in reference to Google data, that for the duration of lockdown, Kiwis consistently had low levels of movement, but recreation did pick up in the last week.
Ardern said that the ongoing commitment to physical distancing and staying at home has been the biggest contributor to the rapid drop in cases at level 4.