Health Desk- 29 May 2020: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been praised for her virus response as the nation has reported no new cases for an entire week.
New Zealand has been hailed a world leader for its efforts to contain the virus - which included plunging into a full lockdown on 25 March when there were no deaths recorded and just over 100 cases.
The Kiwis have since recorded around 1,500 cases and 22 deaths. Last month, it announced it had effectively "won the battle" against community transmission.
As the country further eases restrictions - allowing 100 person gatherings from Friday - its focus is on potentially opening its borders in a "travel bubble" with Australia.
Experts working on the plans say the bubble could be in place by September.