New Zealand also acted much quicker in implementing strict measures to limit travels and enforce social isolation and distancing to prevent the import cases and community spread early on.
“Our team of five million has both sacrificed and achieved a huge amount in just under 11 weeks as the world reckoned with, and continues to reckon with, a virus that went from obscurity at the start of the year to a global pandemic that will linger,” New Zealand PM Ardern told
“As it spread rapidly around the world, we all saw people losing their loved ones and their livelihoods at a rate that was never acceptable to us. And so here in New Zealand we went hard and early with a single plan that had a dual purpose — and to protect lives and livelihoods.”
This is what New Zealand did after its first confirmed case on Feb. 28,2020:

Self-isolation for all returning travellers — 17 days after the first COVID case;
Closing the border to everyone but New Zealanders after 20 days;
Rolling out its first economic package, including the critically important wage subsidy program, after 19 days;
Locking down everyone after 26 days, when the country had just over 200 cases;
“Google tracking showed that during our lockdown, New Zealanders massively reduced their movements — by 91 per cent to retail and recreation — better than Australia, the U.K., the United States, and nearly every other place we compare ourselves to,” noted Ardern.#COVID19
“Had we not acted, 11 days into our lockdown, we were projected to have 4,000 cases. We had 1,000 and one of the lowest rates per capita in the world.#COVID19
Despite the virus entering local transmission in New Zealand, the swift actions of Ardern’s government to close borders meant that to date only 26 people have died from Covid-19.
The lesson is not that New Zealand is a lucky country, but that with good governance nations make their own luck.

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