SYDNEY (Reuters) – New Zealand recorded no new coronavirus cases for the second straight day on Tuesday, but authorities said it was premature to discuss moving the country to “level one” in its scale of alert.
The Pacific nation, home to more than 5 million, moved to “level 2” last week, allowing cafes, shops and restaurants to reopen under strict social distancing rules.
“We are only just into alert level two; we still need to settle into the full alert level two parameters,” Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told a news conference in Wellington.
Bloomfield said there was “still a long way to go” for the country to move into alert level one, which means the virus has been contained in the country.
“Even at this point, when we got zero or no cases