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New Zealand Has Officially Eliminated Coronavirus For A Second Time

New Zealand Has Officially Eliminated Coronavirus For A Second Time

New Zealand has officially eliminated coronavirus from the community for a second time during the pandemic.

All domestic cases of the virus have recovered and Auckland has moved to Level One, which is where the rest of the country is currently at.

The country's largest city was plunged into lockdown after a small cluster outbreak, however it appears authorities jumped at the right moment to ensure it didn't spread to the rest of New Zealand.

There were three cases of coronavirus recorded in hotel quarantine in the last 24 hours.

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New Zealand's Health Minister Chris Hipkins reckons it's a 'big milestone' to finally kick the virus from the community for a second time.

He added: "The systems that have been developed and strengthened since our first wave of COVID-19 have worked very effectively to chase down the virus, isolate it, and eliminate it.

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"It's really good news, but as always we cannot sit back. Constant vigilance and team work, with everyone playing their part to ensure we stay on top of the virus, needs to be our new normal for some time to come."

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The big news will mean the highly anticipated All Blacks match against the Wallabies will be allowed to go ahead at Eden Park on October 18 with a full crowd.

New Zealand eliminated the virus from the community in April, however, after a little more than 100 days of no new infections in the community a tiny cluster broke out in Auckland.

That eventually lead to 186 people being infected, however the city was put into a near immediate lockdown that saw restaurants, bars and cafes closed again and travel restricted to essential needs.

While there are now no cases within the community in the whole country, the cluster that was identified in Auckland in August won't be officially declared 'closed' until the area sees two back-to-back incubation periods with no cases.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.