Ardern says New Zealand on track to eliminate coronavirus ‘ahead of schedule’
PM says nation could move to lower restrictions sooner than planned
New Zealand’s government will consider a move to lift all Covid-19 restrictions except border controls after Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, said an early lockdown of the country was on track to eliminate the virus “ahead of schedule.”
“Our strategy of going hard and early has paid off, in some cases beyond expectations and what modelling and data had predicted,” Ardern told reporters in the capital, Wellington, on Tuesday. Her comments came as health officials announced an 11th straight day of no new Covid-19 cases recorded in New Zealand.