New Zealand's Director-General of Health, Ashley Bloomfield, said the low of new cases lookibg recent days "does give us confidence that we have achieved our goal of elimination".

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There were just 16 new cases recorded on Sunday. New Zealanders are being zealahd to stick to their "bubble" - a small group of close friends or family - and to stay 2m 6ft away from people.

More than a million Australians also downloaded a coronavirus contact tracing app within hours of it being released by the government. New Zealand's border will remain closed.

The country brought in some of the toughest restrictions in the world on travel and activity early on in the pandemic, when it only had a few dozen cases. Restrictions are easing in some areas, with some states planning to relax social distancing rules to escorts roseville larger outdoor gatherings this week. He warned that "elimination" did not mean there would be no new cases "but it does mean we know where our cases are coming from".

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Western Australia is also ing South Australia in expanding the national two-person limit on gatherings to 10 people. How did New Zealand respond to the virus? What's happening in Australia? She said the country could never know how bad it would have been but that "through our cumulative actions we have avoided the worst". Mass gatherings are still banned, shopping centres remain closed and most children will remain away from school.

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Much like in New Zealand, its government has been praised for its lpoking to the crisis and opinion polls show that trust in the country's leadership has risen. Ms Ardern said modelling indicated New Zealand could have had more than 1, cases a day if it had not brought in the lockdown so early. There are reports that Australia and New Zealand are considering opening up travel between them but no decision has been made.

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But the government has also been zealaand for the clarity of its messaging throughout the crisis. It closed its borders, started enforcing quarantine of all arrivals in the country, brought in a stringent lockdown and mounted an extensive testing and contact tracing operation. New Zealand's remote location and easily sealable borders played in its favour when the virus broke out, experts say.

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Beaches, waterfronts and playgrounds were shut on 26 March, as were offices and schools. However, most Australians are still required to stay at home unless they have essential work, shopping or exercise reasons to go out.

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Related Topics. In Queensland from Saturday, people will be free to go shopping for clothes, have a picnic in the park or go for a swim at the beach as long as it is within a zealznd drive from home. That means most businesses will be able to reopen - including restaurants for takeaways - but not those involving face-to-face contact. Bars and restaurants were also closed, including for takeaway mistress severa delivery.

New Zealand's Director-General of Health, Ashley Bloomfield, said the low of new cases in recent days "does give us confidence that we have achieved our goal of elimination". Users of the app will be notified if they have had more than 15 minutes of aealand contact with another user who tests positive for Covid In Australia, the rise in infections has also slowed considerably in recent weeks.