New Zealand's Approach Towards Covid-19
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a three-day lockdown in the country's biggest city Auckland, after three new local COVID-19 cases were reported recently. Ardern said the lockdown consisted of level 3 restrictions, which require everyone to stay home except for essential shopping and essential work. This is the same approach and precaution the country has taken over the past year in stamping out the pandemic. New Zealand has not had any local virus cases for months until the recent infections, and was ranked the best performing in an index of almost 100 countries based on containment of the coronavirus. By closing its international borders early, the island nation stomped out the virus in the early stage of the pandemic. Before these three new cases were reported, for them, it was as if covid was all a dream. New Zealand had been able to safely hold large, non-socially distanced events since the end of 2020, they held several New Year’s Eve festivals with crowds around 20,000, such as Rhythm and Vines in Gisborne, Rhythm & Alps in Wanaka and Northern Bass in Mangawhai. Approximately 20,000 music fans attended a concert in Waitangi, New Zealand, marking one of the biggest single gigs since the pandemic began. While the show was outside, audience members came into close contact with one another, did not have to wear masks and did not have to follow any social distancing guidelines. For now, They are still in lockdown with about 50+ cases but their approach definitely helped them and will continue to help.