After being left unimpressed by recent US presidential debates, desperate Americans have reportedly looked to other English-speaking countries to put their hats down.
The first direct debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden left a lot to be desired, and many Americans are starting to look to other world leaders for some hope and inspiration.
One of the leaders who have proven hugely popular in recent times is Jacinda Ardern, with the New Zealand prime minister having demonstrated strong and commendable leadership during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Data analysis was carried out by a New Zealand media outlet Newshub found that Google searches for the phrase ‘how to move to New Zealand’ skyrocketed on the evening of Tuesday, September 29, right after the presidential candidate took the stage.
Just before 3 p.m. – an hour in an often chaotic debate – the search was carried out on 75 out of 100, and by 3:30 pm, it hit 100.
Other related searches that saw a significant jump included, ‘can I move to New Zealand’, ‘move to New Zealand from the US’ and ‘move to New Zealand’.
Corresponding Forbes, there was also an increase noted in Americans looking to move to Ireland, Britain and Australia on the eve of the debate, although this was to a lesser extent.
Unfortunately for Americans hoping to start a new life for themselves Down Under, it won’t be as simple as getting on a plane. In most circumstances, US residents are still currently barred from entering New Zealand due to America’s high rates of coronavirus infection.
As reported The New York Times, at least 41,983 new cases and 974 deaths from coronavirus were recorded in the US as of September 30.
Over the past week, the US has seen an average of 43,258 cases each day, representing an 11% increase from the average recorded the previous two weeks.
As of Thursday morning, October 1, more than 7,262,600 people in the US have been infected with the coronavirus and there have been at least 206,800 deaths.
By comparison, as of October 1, New Zealand has seen 1,492 confirmed coronavirus cases and 25 deaths, as per statistics from Minister of Health website.
According to World Health Organization (WHO)New Zealand currently has one of the highest testing rates on Earth, and one of the lowest coronavirus-related death rates.