New Zealand reported today, 16 JUNE, that it has +2 NEW cases of the Coronavirus, both related to recent travel from the UK, ending a 24-day streak of no new infections in the country.
New Zealand lifted all social and economic restrictions except border controls last week, after declaring it had no new or active cases of COVID-19 - making it one of the first countries in the world to return to pre-pandemic normality.
However, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned that new cases may come up in the future as Kiwis return home, and some others were allowed in under special conditions.
The health ministry said the new cases were related to the border as a result of recent travel from the UK.
Both cases are connected, it said in a statement.
New Zealand has so far had 22 deaths from the virus.
"There is still a pandemic raging beyond our shores and we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep the gains we have made," says NZ Health Chief Ashley Bloomfield.