New Zealand has just one active case of COVID-19 after strict measures were introduced to stamp out the deadly virus in March.

The nation of 4.8 million people has not recorded a single infection in the past seven days.

Kiwi residents are now being told they can enjoy a ‘normal’ holiday weekend for the Queen’s birthday on June 1 as more businesses open their doors.

New Zealand has just one active case of COVID-19, after strict measures were introduced to stamp out the deadly virus. Pictured: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the National Museum in Wellington

New Zealand has just one active case of COVID-19, after strict measures were introduced to stamp out the deadly virus. Pictured: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the National Museum in Wellington

New Zealand has just one active case of COVID-19, after strict measures were introduced to stamp out the deadly virus. Pictured: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the National Museum in Wellington

The public holiday weekend coincides with the government’s decision to ease restrictions on gatherings.

As of Friday up to 100 people can gather in public places including events at home, religious services, parties, weddings and funerals.

Prime Minister Jacinda Arden and her cabinet are set to meet on June 8 to discuss whether New Zealand is ready to relax restrictions further to level 1.

As part of today’s new measures, anyone hosting a social gathering will be obliged by law to keep a record of whose in attendance for the purposes of contact-tracing.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Zealand currently stands at 1,154 including 22 deaths.

To date, 275,852 COVID-19 tests have been carried out, according to the Ministry of Health.

Things also appear to be improving on the economic front.

The nation of 4.8 million people has not recorded a single infection in the past seven days

The nation of 4.8 million people has not recorded a single infection in the past seven days

The nation of 4.8 million people has not recorded a single infection in the past seven days

An update from the Treasury department on Friday showed ‘heavy traffic was now just five percent below normal levels, electricity use was above pre-Covid levels, and electronic card spending was now about equal to pre-Covid levels,’ the New Zealand Herald reported.

But despite the positivity, Ms Ardern has told New Zealanders to prepare for difficult times ahead.

‘Let me be clear, the coming months and years will be some of the most challenging our country has faced in a very, very long time,’ she said in a pre-budget speech,’ she said.

‘The International Monetary Fund predicts the global economy will contract by 3 percent in 2020, much worse than during the global financial crisis.

‘Around the world, unemployment will rise, significantly. Businesses will fail and close. Government revenue will decline and we will feel the pain here too.

‘New Zealand is about to enter a very tough winter but every winter is followed by spring, and if we make the right choices we can get New Zealanders back to work and our economy moving again quickly.’

An intersection in Auckland, New Zealand, which is usually full of morning commuters is deserted on first day of the mandated coronavirus shutdown (pictured March 26, 2020)

An intersection in Auckland, New Zealand, which is usually full of morning commuters is deserted on first day of the mandated coronavirus shutdown (pictured March 26, 2020)

An intersection in Auckland, New Zealand, which is usually full of morning commuters is deserted on first day of the mandated coronavirus shutdown (pictured March 26, 2020)

Queen Street in Auckland, New Zealand, (pictured March 26, 2020) is completely empty on first day of nationwide lockdown

Queen Street in Auckland, New Zealand, (pictured March 26, 2020) is completely empty on first day of nationwide lockdown

Queen Street in Auckland, New Zealand, (pictured March 26, 2020) is completely empty on first day of nationwide lockdown

A security guard (pictured March 26, 2020) stands outside the Willis Street Countdown Supermarket in Wellington, New Zealand, during the first day of the nationwide lockdown

A security guard (pictured March 26, 2020) stands outside the Willis Street Countdown Supermarket in Wellington, New Zealand, during the first day of the nationwide lockdown

A security guard (pictured March 26, 2020) stands outside the Willis Street Countdown Supermarket in Wellington, New Zealand, during the first day of the nationwide lockdown

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