New Zealand on Monday extended its coronavirus lockdown for another week while the prime minister voiced optimism on stemming the pandemic, official media said.

According to state-run Radio New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the extension till April 27 after a Cabinet meeting.

“We have done what very few countries have been able to do; we have stopped the wave of devastation. Our transmission rate is now 0.48, overseas the average is 2.5 people,” RNZ quoted Ardern as saying.

The country will remain in a level three lockdown for another two weeks after stepping down from level four

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