Governor allows to open malls, cinemas, cafes, and gyms on Thursday. The Pacific nation was locked down for more than a month under “level 4” restrictions. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the staggered move to “level 2” and anticipated, that schools can open from next Monday while bars can only reopen from May 21.
“The upshot is that in 10 days we will have reopened most businesses in New Zealand, and sooner than many other countries around the world,” Ardern told a news conference.
Ardern has been under pressure to ease the lockdown measures with the main opposition National Party saying they were kept on for too long, crippling several small businesses and hurting the economy.
Three new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, were confirmed on Monday, the health ministry said in a statement.
The cases – two hospital nurses and one related to overseas travel – bring New Zealand’s total confirmed COVID-19 infections to 1,147, the ministry said, adding that 93% of all confirmed and probable cases have recovered.
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