The health authorities in New Zealand said that the two cases of the COVID-19 have been reported on Thursday, ending a three-and-a-half week spell without any fresh infections.
According to the details, the cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were both related to the recent travel from the United Kingdom (UK).
“The ministry can confirm today two new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand related to the border as a result of recent travel from the UK. Both cases are connected,” it said in a brief statement.
The details said that the borders of New Zealand are open only to returning Kiwis and their families, besides some exceptions for business and compassionate grounds, with everyone undergoing two weeks mandatory quarantine.
New Zealand, which has recorded only 22 deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic among a population of five million, declared last week that it had eliminated the community transmission of the deadly virus.
After the announcement, the domestic restrictions including the social distancing requirements and limits on public gatherings were lifted, although the strict border controls remain.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that she had not declared the country virus-free because “New Zealand will have cases again in the future”.