For 101 days in a row, New Zealand has reported no locally transmitted cases of coronavirus.
That feat has been hailed as a “significant” milestone by the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whose Covid-19 containment strategy has received international plaudits.
The 21 active cases of coronavirus in the country are all imported cases from people arriving in New Zealand, who are in managed isolation.
New Zealand has fared better than other countries, recording 1,219 confirmed cases and 22 deaths since the virus arrived in late February.
An early lockdown, tough border restrictions, effective health messaging and an aggressive test-and-trace programme have all been credited with virtually eliminating the virus in the country.
On Monday, Ms Ardern announced the creation of a virus-free “travel bubble” with the Cook Islands in the South Pacific by the end of the year.
She said that the quarantine-free travel arrangement was only possible as both countries had successfully contained the virus.