Covid-19: No new cases for 15th day in a row
There are no new cases of covid-19 in New Zealand for the 15th consecutive day, with just one active case remaining.
The last reported new case of Covid-19 in this country was on May 22.
The total remains at 1504 confirmed and probable cases, and just one case remains active.
There was no media conference today. The Health Ministry said in a statement there have been no further deaths.
Eight significant clusters have now been closed.
The Ministry said there had been 511,645 registrations on the NZ Covid Tracer app.
Cabinet will evaluate the coronavirus alert level at its meeting on Monday June 8, and it’s possible the country could move down a level that week.
"Level 1 essentially means that we keep our border restrictions but life feels very, very normal otherwise," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has previously said.
The decision to move a level comes with risks, and experts have shared insight around how to avoid the dreaded second wave of infection.
Ardern has laid out 10 rules Kiwis are expected to adhere to under the new level, including good hand hygiene and contact tracing.
The Ministry of Health has said it is still working through border control specifics for alert level 1 and the potential trans-Tasman bubble and would be advising Cabinet in due course.
The look ahead to level 1 comes amid a health practitioner's stark reflection that before the nationwide lockdown, New Zealand was "literally a week away from not being able to contain" coronavirus.
The startling revelation was made by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners' medical director Dr Bryan Betty, who said we had been staring down the barrel of a "potential health system meltdown" similar to those seen in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The global tally is now more than 6.7 million confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Of those, more than 393,000 people have died around the world.
The US has more than 1.8 million cases, with more than 108,000 deaths.
What should I do?
The Government’s guidelines for alert level 2 can be found here.
If you are sick, call your GP before you visit, or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
To avoid contracting and spreading the virus, wash your hands properly, cough and sneeze into your elbow and throw tissues away immediately.