New Zealand Is a Success Story
The country has reached an important Covid-19 milestone
“New Zealand eliminates Covid-19” reads the headline of a new article published in the journal, The Lancet. Writer Sophie Cousins reports:
An aggressive approach has enabled New Zealand to end community transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
New Zealand recorded its first day of no new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) early this week, more than a month after its strict lockdown began.
At the time of publication, New Zealand had recorded fewer than 1,500 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and 20 deaths. On March 23, a month after the country had recorded its first case, New Zealand committed to an elimination strategy. A few days later, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a strict national lockdown when it only had 102 cases and zero deaths. Her swift decision making won international praise, including from WHO.
The country implemented a full lockdown that included school closures, the shutdown of nonessential businesses, a ban on social gatherings, and severe travel restrictions. This allowed them to do widespread testing, contact tracing, and surveillance.
And below is a good profile of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.