WELLINGTON: New Zealand discharged its last coronavirus patient from the hospital on Wednesday and only 21 active cases remain in the country.
The country had now gone five days without reporting any new cases, Director-General Ashley Bloomfield said on Wednesday.
According to Johns Hopkins’ Coronavirus Resource Center, the country confirmed about 1,500 cases and 21 deaths, faring much better than other countries.
New Zealand has also launched another app, which will provide health care professionals with access to information on the updated case definition, on local clinical pathways, and on guidance around the use of personal protective equipment.
Meanwhile, Twitter is buoyed by the hopeful news and congratulated PM Jacinda Arden for her powerful leadership in handling the pandemic crisis:
New Zealand discharged its last corona patient. Nz reports no new corona positive in 6 days 👏🏻— Siddhi Ajagaonkar (@Ime_n_mySalman) May 28, 2020
Congratulations PM Jacinda Arden @jacindaardern and the people of New Zealand! 😊
You guys deserve a round of applause. God bless.
Love from India ❤️ pic.twitter.com/1NEUKCUWVz
New Zealand has discharged its last COVID patient from the hospital and is beginning to re-open. I really wish America had a strong leader who would have listened to medical professionals and scientists to win the war against COVID. Instead nearly 100,000 Americans are dead.— Dr. John Biggan (@Biggan4Congress) May 27, 2020
New Zealand has ZERO new #COVID cases for the last 5 days & has now discharged all recovering patients from hospitals.— Nick Mark MD (@nickmmark) May 27, 2020
A clear demonstration of the efficacy of early lockdown, widespread testing, & contact tracing.
It also reveals the importance of leadership based on science.
NEW: New Zealand has discharged its last coronavirus patient from hospital.— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) May 28, 2020
Leading by example. pic.twitter.com/83a9KLQ8lr