A file photo of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. (Image: AFP)

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While announcing the easing of restrictions from “level four” to “level three,” with new cases in single figures, New Zealand claimed on Monday that it had “eliminated” the coronavirus country.

The low number “does give us confidence that we’ve achieved our goal of elimination, which — that never meant zero but it does mean we know where our cases are coming from.” Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand’s Director General of Health, said

At a news conference, New Zealand reported one new case, four “probable cases” and one new death.

“So as we have said elimination means we may well reach zero but we may well then have small numbers of cases coming up again, that doesn’t mean we have failed, it just means that we are in the position to have that zero tolerance approach to have a very aggressive management of those cases and keep those numbers low and fading out again,” she said.

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