Once again, New Zealand has shown the world how to handle coronavirus, as it lifts its restrictions for the third time...
When it comes to how world leaders have responded to the pandemic...
via: Getty ImagesNew Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is certainly one of the most celebrated.
She has easily put other countries to shame...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding here in the US, where Trump hasn't been without his fair share of criticism.
Even after testing positive for the virus, he continues to downplay the severity...
via: Getty ImagesAnd hasn't exactly been praised for his handling of the ongoing medical crisis.
We aren't even in the same league when it comes to the way New Zealand has handled the virus.
via: GettyThe nation has been the envy of the world, particularly after passing the 100-day milestone.
Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has handled the whole pandemic brilliantly.
via: GettyFrom day 1, Ardern wasted no time in locking down her country in an attempt to prevent as much spread of the virus as possible. And it looks like she hasn't let those standards slip...
New Zealand already had a huge advantage in this pandemic.
via: GettyThe country's isolated location in the South Pacific gave it vital time to see how outbreaks spread in other countries, and Ardern acted accordingly.
Despite having no active cases of the virus at the time...
via: GettyArdern imposed a swift and strict lockdown upon her country, and closed all the borders in the process.
Within the first 3 months, the country reportedly had 1,500 cases of the virus...
via: GettyAnd only twenty-two deaths, a stark comparison to our death toll, which at the same time reached over 166,000.
Ardern's swift decision making seemed to have paid off.
via: GettyThe country declared itself officially coronavirus free after health officials said the final person known to have been infected had recovered.
This news was amazing.
via: GettyOfficials went on to announce that all forms of public events can again take place without limitations or social distancing guidelines.
On the country's accomplishment, Ardern said:
via: Getty“We are confident we have eliminated the transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort."
But she also acknowledged that this doesn't signal the end of the pandemic.
via: Getty"We almost certainly will see cases here again … and that is not a sign that we have failed, it is a reality of this virus. But if and when that occurs we have to make sure and we are, that we are prepared."
And sadly she was right...
via: YoutubeAfter 102 days of zero cases, New Zealand had to return to strict lockdown regulations after 4 members of the same family were confirmed to have coronavirus.
Aukland residents were given instructions to stay at home after the announcement.
via: TwitterThe rest of the nation entered a level two lockdown as more cases were confirmed.
As word got out about the possible lockdown, Jacinda Ardern decided to clear things up in a last-minute press conference.
Got woken up by an emergency alert. Looks like we're going back to Level 3 lockdown for #Covid starting tomorrow he… https://t.co/3t8J8WyWmS— Neil (@Neil)1597145143.0
All bars, restaurants, and public services were told to close.
Auckland is moving to level 3 restrictions for three days while authorities assess the coronavirus situation. That… https://t.co/Lxv8KTqeW3— casey briggs (@casey briggs)1597138506.0
And it seems as though her quick actions towards the new outbreak have been essential in stopping the spread a second time!
There is currently 1 case of COVID in all of the Maritimes (NB, NS, PEI) - that's 1 case for 1.8 million people.… https://t.co/ljkwQzJI9k— Andrew Burke (@Andrew Burke)1600601919.0
Although Auckland restrictions have eased dramatically, allowing gatherings of up to 100 people...
Man thank god we live in New Zealand— Nick (@Nick)1600476946.0
She told reporters in Auckland...
via: Getty"Our actions collectively have managed to get the virus under control. This was the center of the outbreak and that's why that caution is needed here."
On Monday the country recorded no new cases of the virus, which is an incredible accomplishment.
The prime minister of New Zealand has declared the covid 19 crisis is over. The country is expected to back to old… https://t.co/IGn02dcHhm— david watkins (@david watkins)1600463761.0
However, Arden says there is still a possibility of another spike by the end of the month...
via: GettyMeaning Auckland still needs to be vigilant.
But once again we have some amazing news...
@DrJinRussell This is a superb achievement, for the second time. Well done NZ and well done the government and Health Ministry. Take a bow— Terry McKain (@Terry McKain)1601858191.0
Forcing 1.5 million residents into lockdown has proven to be a success...After the action was taken in Auckland, it seems as though the virus has been curbed.
Auckland will join the rest of the country at alert level 1, tomorrow October 7.
@DrJinRussell We still got to do our bit & keep doing it Contact Tracing. Wear your Mask Wash your Hands Watch your… https://t.co/5PMIPG6I3X— Nathan_74 (@Nathan_74)1601861107.0
She added, "there is now a 95% probability of the cluster being eliminated’, and while COVID-19 will be with us for many months to come… we should still mark these milestones."
There are now more recorded cases of COVID-19 in the White House than in New Zealand, Taiwan, and Vietnam combined,… https://t.co/eqxod9SrVP— Ro Khanna (@Ro Khanna)1601913240.0
"I don’t want anyone to think that because we’re at level 1 that COVID-19 is now absent from New Zealand," she added.
But seriously, who in New Zealand will enter into a loveless marriage with me for citizenship— Kat Dennings (@Kat Dennings)1601956008.0
Russell added: "NZ joins a handful of other countries who are literally writing the book on how to deal with this."
All this was achieved *without* a return to level 4 lockdown, and early detection of cases and gold standard contac… https://t.co/kLM7N63NFI— Jin Russell (@Jin Russell)1601857131.0