Jacinda Ardern briefs the media about the coronavirus at the Parliament House in Wellington on Monday. AFP
"There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in New Zealand," Ardern declared. "We have won that battle."
After nearly five weeks at the maximum Level Four restrictions — with only essential services operating — the country will move to Level Three late on Monday.
That will allow some businesses, takeaway food outlets and schools to reopen.
But Ardern warned there was no certainty about when all transmission can be eliminated, allowing a return to normal life.
Everyone wants to "bring back the social contact that we all miss", she said, "but to do it confidently we need to move slowly and we need to move cautiously."
"I will not risk the gains we've made in the health of NewZealanders. So if we need to remain at Level Three, we will."
The easing of restrictions came as New Zealand, a nation of five million people, reported only one new case of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 1,122 with 19 deaths.
"The scenario of the coronavirus reaching multiple countries, if not all countries around the world, is something we have been looking at and warning against since quite a while."
Authorities concerned affirmed that the UAE is cooperating with competent Iranian authorities to facilitate the operation as per operating systems and procedures and to ensure the safety of visitors and those responsible for the evacuation operations.
The licences of 25 private education institutes in Karachi that were open on Monday despite the Sindh government's order a day earlier to close in light of the coronavirus outbreak have been suspended.
All arrivals to the UK will have to quarantine and show negative tests for COVID-19 from Monday, after the government scrapped "travel corridors" from countries with lower caseloads following the emergence of new strains.
A 26-year-old African maid was arrested and referred to criminal court by the Dubai Public Prosecution for stealing Dhs1 million of different currencies from her employer in Dubai.
As a part "Choose to Vaccinate" campaign Abu Dhabi's Department of Community Development (DCD) has organised a series of visits to non-Muslim places of worship in the emirate to vaccinate people against COVID-19.