KUALA LUMPUR (May 4) New Zealand today recorded no new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus for the first time since March 16, Reuters reported.

And this is less than a week after the country ended a lockdown “that appears to have contained the outbreak”.

New Zealand director general of Health Ashley Bloomfield told the media that “the result was cause for celebration”.

He also revealed that the death toll from the virus remained at 20.

"It is symbolic of the effort everyone has put in. This is the first day that we had no new cases and we want to keep it that way,” he said.

Bloomfield, however, also reminded Kiwis to continue social distancing “to ensure Covid-19 does not return”.

"Clearly these are encouraging figures today, but it is just one moment in time," Bloomfield said.

"The real test is later this week when we factor in the incubation period for the virus and the time it takes for people to display symptoms which is generally five to six days after exposure," Reuters reported him saying.

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