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The virus that came back in 2019, the virus that spread as fast as a fire, the virus that caught more than 6.5 million people, the virus to which more than 380000 people died, the virus that seemed impossible to beat, that virus currently can be seen distinctly in one person in New Zealand.

With an area of almost 268 thousand kilometer square and a population of almost 5 million, the nation managed to stop the spread quite effectively. Out of the total population only 1,504 people were infected and 22 deceased. The rest recovered and one is still active. The nation has not recorded a new corona-virus case for 15 days. The last case (the one which is active now) was recorded on May 22.

New Zealand has emerged as a model for countries grappling with the corona-virus pandemic. With its ‘eradication strategy’, the country took early action and kept restrictions in place till it was assured of end of community transmission. In less than two months, New Zealand is back on its feet, ready to reopen, start travel again, and soon people will be able to give each other ‘a quick hug’.

On Wednesday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden had said that she could lift all social distancing measures to return the county to normal life, bar the international border closure, as early as next week.

The Prime Minister will accept a further approach the alarm level on Monday and whether the nation is prepared to move alert level 1. It’s been just about two months since New Zealand is under a strict level 4 lockdown, closing most organizations and constraining individuals to remain at home, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Arden said holding up until Monday would permit her to check whether ongoing changes, similar to the expulsion of limitations on the quantity of individuals in bars and at get-togethers, had prompted an ascent in cases.

“If it hasn’t, then we will be in a good position to move,” she said during a broadcast news meeting.

Under level 1 there is no prerequisite for physical removing or cutoff points on the quantity of individuals permitted in places like bars, clubs, houses of worship, and sports scenes, she said.

Be that as it may, it stays likely that the nation will import new cases once it reopens its borders, and authorities state their point stays to get rid of new diseases as they emerge.

Arden further expressed that the legislature will work with enormous scope occasion coordinators to build up a deliberate ‘Covid-19 code’, which would help experts in contact following in the event that it is required.

To the people criticizing their leaders and to the leaders who have not been so good with the measures to stop the spread of the virus, New Zealand is the perfect example because a nation is only as good as its leader and its leader is only as good as its people.




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