The nation of 5 million people will remove almost all remaining coronavirus restrictions from midnight, with the exception of the border strictures.
“We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here Ryan, quite a decent shake here,” the prime minister said during the live exchange.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has led with empathy and science. But she still faces huge tests.
The country will begin Monday to ease its way out of a strict lockdown. But leader Jacinda Ardern warned the fight against the coronavirus had not yet ended.
"As rest homes close their doors, the patients in my father’s dementia ward are locked in their own version of reality."
The sudden turn in the case took survivors and relatives by surprise and brought relief to people across New Zealand.
The difference between how world leaders and President Donald Trump have responded to the Coronavirus outbreak couldn’t be more different.
The Dec. 9 eruption occurred on the popular White Island, a well known tourist destination.
The official death toll from the eruption on White Island, also known by its Māori name of Whakaari, stands at 16.