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New Zealand says it’s free of coronavirus: Live updates | News

New Zealand says it’s free of coronavirus: Live updates | News


  • New Zealand’s Health Ministry says the country, which implemented one of the toughest lockdowns anywhere in the world, no longer has any active cases of coronavirus. The last case of the disease was reported on May 22. 

  • Coronavirus restrictions are being relaxed in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta as well as in India. New York is also due to begin emerging from its lockdown on Monday.

  • The UK’s 14-day quarantine on all travellers arriving from overseas takes effect on Monday despite widespread opposition from airlines and the tourism industry.
  • More than 6.9 million people around the world have now been confirmed to have coronavirus with nearly 402,000 dying from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The US, the UK and Brazil have recorded the highest death tolls.

Here are the latest updates:

Monday, June 8

03:10 GMT – New Zealand to lift last COVID-19 curbs at midnight, borders stay closed

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is speaking now.

She has announced that New Zealand will lift its last remaining restrictions to curb the coronavirus at midnight (12:00 GMT) when the country will return to Level 1 on its four level system of alerts.

Ardern said New Zealand had introduced a strict lockdown 75 days ago with the aim of getting to a level “where life feels as normal as it can in the midst of a global pandemic. Today, I can announce that Cabinet has agreed we can now move to Level 1.”

International borders will remain closed given the challenge of COVID-19 around the world. 

“There’s no denying this is a milestone,” Ardern said. “Thank you, New Zealand.”

03:05 GMT – Guatemala’s president to work remotely after 18 staff get coronavirus

Guatemala’s president Alejandro Giammattei says he will work remotely after 18 members of his office and security detail were diagnosed with coronavirus.

“I and the vice president will carry out our activities remotely,” he said in a televised address. “We’ve been tested. We don’t have coronavirus.”

The presidential office will be deep-cleaned and disinfected.


02:35 GMT – Honduras extends curfew by a week to June 14

Honduras has extended its coronavirus curfew by one week until June 14. The extension was announced on television by security ministry spokesman Jair Meza as the Central American country was due to begin a gradual reopening of its economy.  

01:30 GMT – New Zealand clear of coronavirus as last patient leaves hospital

New Zealand has confirmed it is clear of coronavirus with no new cases of the virus reported and no active cases.

The last patient was released from isolation after showing no symptoms for 48 hours.

“This is really good news for the person concerned and it’s also something the rest of New Zealand can take heart from,” Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said in a statement. The last reported case of coronavirus in New Zealand was on 22 May.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to give an update on New Zealand’s lockdown at 3pm local time (03:00 GMT).

00:20 GMT – Vietnam reports two new cases – both imported

Vietnam has reported two new cases of coronavirus. Both were returning from Mexico and have been quarantined.

The country has not had a domestically transmitted case of coronavirus in 53 days.

00:00 GMT – More countries loosen restrictions despite high caseloads

Offices, restaurants and places of worship will start opening in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta from Monday, providing they operate at only 50 percent of capacity. Public transport will also operate at 50 percent capacity while shopping centres will be able to reopen next week.


Jakarta, where roads have been uncharacteristally empty for weeks, is getting back to business on Monday [Mast Irham/EPA] 

India is also further relaxing its lockdown, even as case numbers surge. In Delhi, which has about 10 percent of India’s 246,628 confirmed cases, authorities earlier ordered hospital beds be reserved solely for the city’s residents. 

23:30 GMT – Chile death toll jumps sharply as data consolidated

Chile has revised its coronavirus death toll sharply higher after reviewing death registry data and information from laboratories carrying out COVID-19 tests and consolidating the list. 

Health Minister Jaime Manalich reported 653 deaths from COVID-19 bringing the total toll to 2,290. Of the 653, 96 were new deaths.

“This is an adjustment we have to make and report, a commitment to legitimacy especially when we’ve made a huge effort to search additional databases for information not present in the databases we were using before,” it said.


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

Read all the updates from yesterday (Sunday) here.

Al Jazeera and news agencies

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