That SARS-CoV-2 corona virus the pandemic in the US continues to get worse. China has just reopened its people. South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore manage their outbreaks with the help of large contacts who track detective work. But New Zealand, which saw the first case confirmed on 28 February, is on track to stop the outbreak before it has a chance to start. It was possible thanks to the initial and decisive national action by the government.
This small country of nearly 4.8 million people can quickly contain a virus and seems to have a real chance of wiping it out completely, The Washington Post reports. On April 7, according to the New Zealand Ministry of Health, the country recorded 1,160 confirmed and suspected cases in the country and only one death. More people recovered in the past 24 hours (65) than were found to have been infected (54), indicating that local outbreaks declined.
In addition, on April 7, only one person was known to have died from the disease, according to the Worldometer, which tracks COVID-19 cases worldwide.
The key to success is a two-pronged strategy directly led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Beginning in March, according to The Washington Post, the country began instructing all international visitors – in normal time, the country gets as many as 4 million tourists per year – to isolate itself for 14 days. Then on March 19, countries that depend on tourism completely close their borders to international visitors, a step that might be effective because it took place before the spread of the community erupted locally.
Equally important, according to The Washington Post, the Ardern government pushed for a strong “stay at home” message starting at the beginning of the crisis, and implementing a strong social distance order on March 23. The order closed schools and services unimportant and prohibited many outdoor activities. the activities. New Zealanders (including immigrants) have also received recurring payments from the government designed to make it easier for people to avoid work. A member of the Ardern government caught a mountain bike and left with his family even facing public criticism from the prime minister. And, according to the post, Ardern’s political rivals have not taken any steps to minimize the crisis.
New Zealand plans to maintain strict social policies for at least one full month, according to Ardern. If the current trend continues, it could put the country on a step to start reopening its people sooner than the US or Europe, even as the winter months of the Southern Hemipshere enter.
Originally published in Direct Science.
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