New Zealand: An Example To The World
New Zealand has reported 13 new cases of coronavirus, with two cases emerging from the outskirts of Auckland where the country’s outbreak began since the beginning. The two incidents occurred in the Waikato town of Tokoroa, 200km towards the south of New Zealand’s biggest city, and were linked to the Auckland outbreak, bringing the number of cases in the cluster of around 29 people. One person is being treated in hospital.
The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said Auckland would remain in lockdown for an additional 12 days as health workers try to contain the “perimeter” of the outbreak, the source of which remains a mystery. The rest of the country remains at level 2 alert, and the cabinet is due to make a further lockdown decision on 21 August. Ardern stressed that the situation was not severe enough to qualify for a level 4 total shutdown.
“As we have said from the start, our overall Covid-19 strategy remains elimination. That means stamping out the virus whenever it comes back, We know the incubation period for Covid-19, and our experience of the previous cluster means we can expect to see more cases as part of this cluster – it will grow before it slows. We have been world-leading in our COVID response – we can do all of that again.” Multiple clusters would have to be circulating for the country to rise to a level 4 restrictions. There is no evidence of that, with all of the cases so far able to be traced back to a single south Auckland family who began displaying symptoms from 31 July and tested positive followed tested positive on 11 August.
Many countries, including numerous organizations, praised New Zealand prime minister and health care system for the timely tackling of the pandemic and the effective precaution process. They reported zero cases in two months.