Bringing to an end a 24-day streak of zero infection in the country, New Zealand on Tuesday, June 16, confirmed that it has reported two new cases of the Coronavirus, who both travelled to the UK.
This comes after New Zealand, one of the first countries across the world to return to pre-pandemic normality, had lifted all social and economic restrictions except border controls last week.
Both the patients are women of the same family who had travelled to the UK with special permission to attend the funeral.
“There was an agreed plan in place as part of the approval process [including] the travel arrangements,” said Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand’s director-general of health. However, Prime Minsiter Jacinda Ardern has warned that new cases may come up in the future as New Zealanders return home and some others get permitted in under special circumstances.