The country will go to national alert level 1 from midnight Monday, Ardern said at a press conference.

She said public and private events can take place without restrictions, that the retail and hospitality industries can operate normally and that all public transportation can resume.

The news came after New Zealand said it had no pending Covid-19 cases.

The country’s last patient has been cleared and released from isolation, health officials said on Monday.

The milestone was “very good news” and an accomplishment that all of New Zealand could celebrate, said health department director Ashley Bloomfield.

“Having no active cases for the first time since February 28 is certainly an important mark in our journey but, as we have said before, continued vigilance against Covid-19 will continue to be essential,” he said in a statement.

New Zealand has won praise for its handling of the pandemic, which involved a strict seven-week lockdown that ended last month after the virus was brought under control.

The South Pacific nation, with a population of five million, has recorded 1,154 confirmed cases and 22 deaths.

There have been no new infections for 17 days and, until Monday, only one case active for more than a week.

The details of the last patient were not disclosed for reasons of confidentiality, but it is believed to be a woman in her 50s who was linked to a cluster in an Auckland nursing home.

“(The) remaining case has been symptomless for 48 hours and is considered cured. The person has now been released from solitary confinement, “said the health department.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

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