New Zealand can't eradicate coronavirus completely, government says

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a cautious plan to ease lockdown restrictions in Auckland, despite an outbreak there that continues to simmer. 

Since early in the pandemic, New Zealand had pursued an unusual zero-tolerance approach to the virus through strict lockdowns and aggressive contact tracing. 

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrives with director general of health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, right, for a press conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on Monday. (AP)

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrives with director general of health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, right, for a press conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on Monday. (AP)

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