New Zealand has "beat the virus again", says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
"New Zealanders stuck to the plan that has worked twice now, and beat the virus again."
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has declared that the country has "beat the virus again" and announced restrictions in the country's largest city would be eased.
This comes after a second Covid-19 wave was contained, following a cluster in Auckland that resulted in over a million people going into lockdown for three weeks.
After 12 days without a case in the city, Ardern announced that the virus is once again under control, and that Auckland was once again able to join the rest of the country on Level One (the lowest level of security measures).
She said: "It felt longer and dragged on in what was already starting to feel like a very long year.
"But despite this, Aucklanders and New Zealanders stuck to the plan that has worked twice now, and beat the virus again."
New Zealand recorded one new case of Covid-19 on Monday, involving a New Zealander returning from abroad, taking its total number of confirmed cases to 1,499.
The country has seen a total of 25 Covid-related deaths.
Ardern's success with regards to Covid-19, and a number of other major issues, has resulted a strong lead in the polls ahead of a General Election on 17 October.