With recovery of last case, New Zealand has eradicated the novel coronavirus

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/new-zealand-coronavirus-1.5602674

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New Zealand appears to have completely eradicated the novel coronavirus — at least for now — after health officials said Monday the last known infected person had recovered. The announcement was greeted with joy around the country and means the nation of five million people will be among the first to welcome throngs of fans back into sports stadiums, embrace crowded concerts and remove seating restrictions from flights. It has been 17 days since the last new case was reported, during which time an additional 40,000 people have been tested, bringing the total number tested to about 300,000. Monday marked the first time since late February there have been no active cases.