The nation is urged to remain vigilant as it approaches 100 days without community transmission of COVID-19 on 9 August.


  • 9 August will mark 100 days without community transmission of COVID-19 in New Zealand, despite a handful of imported cases that ended the nation’s coronavirus-free streak.
  • Battling against COVID fatigue, the Government cautioned locals to remain vigilant, warning that an outbreak beyond the isolation
    facilities is a “matter of when, not if”.
  • Unemployment rate has fallen to 4% in the June 2020 quarter, while under-utilisation rate (a broader measure of how much spare capacity the market has) rose to 12%. The drop in the unemployment rate in June is more related to whether people could or would look for work (due to movement restrictions), rather than whether or not they had a job.
  • New Zealand will no longer proceed with a quarantine-free “trans-Tasman” travel bubble with Australia anytime soon, given the second wave of infections in the State of Victoria with no signs of abating. A key criteria is that any place included as part of the quarantine-free travel must be free from community transmission for a period of 28 days.