Sure, it’s an island nation, but still.
While countries like the United States continue to be complicated by a growing number of coronavirus cases, the New Zealand Ministry of Health on Sunday announced a notable milestone: There have been no new cases of COVID-19 local transmission in 100 days.
“Reaching 100 days without community transmission is an important milestone, but as we all know, we cannot afford to indulge,” the country’s director general of health said. “We have seen overseas how quickly the virus can emerge and spread to places where it was previously under control and we need to be prepared to print future cases in New Zealand.
Altogether, New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, has had 1,219 cases compared to more than 5 million in the US. There are still 23 active cases in managed isolation facilities in the country.
“We’re almost certain to see cases here again … and that’s not a sign that we’ve failed, it’s a reality of this virus.”
New Zealand took an aggressive approach to stopping the virus early, imposing hard-blocking restrictions on its citizens in April. In June, most were lifted, although the borders remain closed to foreign visitors. Returning kiwis are required in quarantine two weeks.
Here is a quick video explaining the New Zealand approach:
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is running for re-election next month, has been praised around the world for her handling of the pandemic.
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“We are confident that we have eliminated the transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but the elimination is not a point in time, but a sustained effort,” he said in June to mark the country’s reopening while much of the world. he was seeing a rise in numbers. “We will almost certainly see cases here again … and this is not a sign that we have failed, but it is a reality of this virus.”