Incredible news has come in from New Zealand today - after swift and effective lockdown measures being immediately put in place at the start of the pandemic, the country can today announce that they are officially coronavirus free.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to find out just how they have achieved such a remarkable accomplishment in such a short space of 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.
It comes in stark contrast to leaders like Trump...
via: Getty ImagesWho, let's be honest, hasn't been without his fair share of criticism.
Between calling it the "Chinese" virus and playing down the severity of the pandemic...
via: Getty ImagesTrump hasn't exactly been praised for his handling of the ongoing medical crisis.
He started out by remaining stubbornly confident in America's resilience to the virus.Back in January, shortly after the initial outbreak, he was quizzed on his thoughts on the virus, in which he replied: “It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine."
And, even when the number of cases here in America started to climb...He remained calm, and repeatedly stressed that there was nothing to be too worried about.
And, as the months trickled by...President Trump simply wouldn't budge from his stance on the virus and even went on to compare it to the common flu. This was perhaps one of his most dangerous and false statements about the virus and caused plenty of outrage amongst both Americans and people all over the world.
Things needed to change.
via: GettyAnd fast. As the number of cases and deaths grew here in the States, people were growing increasingly more concerned with Trump's blase attitude regarding the pandemic.
But, thankfully, Trump seemed to have a sudden change of heart.
via: GettyOn March 13th, mere days after he compared the pandemic to the common flu, he finally declared a national emergency. This move freed up around $50 billion in federal funding.
The President has been doing some serious backtracking.
Trump: “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was declared a pandemic.” https://t.co/v3B3UQhbdM— Jan Postma (@Jan Postma)1584463905.0
But this isn't necessarily a good thing.
via: GettyThough Trump is finally taking the virus seriously, he has been dishing out some pretty concerning advice that could ultimately put thousands of lives at risk.
The president casually suggested that disinfectants could, in some way, be "injected" into the body as a method of combatting the virus.
"The disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injectio… https://t.co/9MMW0IcVCT— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1587680385.0
Even for Trump's standards, these claims were completely outrageous.
If you’re wondering why @realDonaldTrump suggested injecting people with disinfectant to cure #COVID19 (or shining… https://t.co/spg73RH9zK— Cenk Uygur (@Cenk Uygur)1587693421.0
But, if we move on over to what's been happening in New Zealand...
via: GettyWell, it's not even comparable.
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.
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.
In the last 3 months, the country has had 1,500 cases of the virus...
via: GettyAnd only twenty-two deaths, a stark comparison to our death toll, which is currently looming at over 120,000.
And, today, Ardern's swift decision making has paid off.
via: GettyThe country has declared itself officially coronavirus free after health officials said the final person known to have been infected had recovered.
This news is amazing.
via: GettyIt has been seventeen days since the last virus case was reported and, following on from the recovery of the last patient, officials have announced 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."
Now that is what you call leadership.
via: GettyCongratulations, New Zealand! For more on how the country is paving the path for the rest of the world, keep scrolling to read about how they will be providing all school girls with sanitary products...