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New Zealand marks 100 days without domestic transmission of coronavirus

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“It was good science and great political leadership that made the difference,” said Professor Michael Baker, an epidemiologist at the University of Otago. “If you look around the globe at countries that have done well, it's usually that combination.”

Well. Maybe he should also mentioned that New Zealand is an island nation down under with only 5 million people living in cities of relatively low population density and got lucky when lapse of judgements in quarantine did not result in an outbreak.

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Now that how it's done.

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World Class Job Kiwis.......absolutely awesome.

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It would be relatively easy to completely eliminate the disease in NZ, but this would involve stopping all inbound passengers and effectively slamming the door shut on any NZers who wish to come home.

The two main things are ZERO known cases in the community after substantial ongoing testing and ZERO signs of community transmission.

I'm not too concerned about people who are confirmed positive while in managed isolation facilities. They are quarantined for this exact reason, and get any medical assistance they require.

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They still need to solve to international tourism riddle, but I cant see that happening anytime soon - its a given that tourists will bring the virus no matter how careful you are. Perhaps antigen tests will become part of the solution - a confirmed negative test 2-3 days before leaving, and then 1 more test when they arrive. They are not as accurate as a PCR test, but they are still 80%+ accurate (and improving), cheap, and results are known withing 15mins.

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New Zealand is an island nation with controlled borders. I doubt they have reached herd immunity, so as soon as the travel restrictions are eased, the bug will appear again.

I expect that once this infection has run its course, the differences between the fatality rates in various countries will not be that big and mainly reflect the average age and health of the population.

These daily news reports tossing round selective numbers from different places without context are meaningless.

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So what? This is a global issue.

Some countries are more isolated and have less population density. There are many factors at play here. What is the 100 day significance? Shall we throw a party?

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 I doubt they have reached herd immunity,

No one is claiming they have reached herd immunity - they have achieved elimination, but that's only until they inevitably reopen the borders.

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So what? This is a global issue.

That's why it's in the World section of JT.

It's of interest to the many peoples from all around the globe who have made their home here.

And maybe we can learn a bit from other countries on how to handle this virus.

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Kiwis got lucky! Glad to hear it though. I lived there for a while as a youngster, a truly beautiful country.

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And maybe we can learn a bit from other countries on how to handle this virus.

Unfortunately, many absolutely do not. Countries of a seemingly higher democracy, or freedom of speech like the USA and UK are more about selfishness, "It's nothing. Why should I wear a mask? They probably would have died anyway. 2020, the year our liberties were taken." Etc. Poorer nations have a higher death count typically from a lack of education or huge population. Wealthier countries do not have these excuses, only "What about my rights?!" It's embarrassing.

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People that say New Zealand has only a population of 5 million. That's still a lot of people. And to stop the virus in the country, that's amazing. Good job.

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New Zealand shows how a good leadership can help overcome the most difficult of challenges.

Good on you Jacinda, , you are the only leader who has shined bright in 2019 and 2020.

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People that say New Zealand has only a population of 5 million. That's still a lot of people. And to stop the virus in the country, that's amazing. Good job.

Yes. Kiwis have done a good job. 5 millions people is a lot but it is scattered across in an area about the size of Japan so population density per km, even in their cities, is relatively low. Therefore this makes the task of eliminating the virus easier.

New Zealand is an island nation with controlled borders. I doubt they have reached herd immunity, so as soon as the travel restrictions are eased, the bug will appear again.

Nerd immunity can only be done safely with a vaccine. Infecting a large percentage of the population of a country with a virus that makes them ill, seriously ill that requires hospital treatment or even death is not herd immunity.

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If I have to suggest a country that has done a really good job fighting covid-19. It has to be Taiwan. It has a population of 20 million living in a not too big island and mange to contain it. Hong Kong was doing a good job as well until quarantine errors has caused clusters of infection and a surge in cases recently.

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NZ is awesome!

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New Zealand really dodged a bullet with this one. Those that praise Jacinda Ardern should know better. Her government has been an abject failure.

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Sounds good at this point. But how long can they keep the border (that big moat) closed off? Once visitors are permitted to return, it's likely that the virus will, too. Good luck!

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@akula

If they have done that bad a job I'm sure they'll be turfed out in the upcoming election.

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The NZ Prime Minister is being looked upon as some kind of hero which yes she may have squashed the virus, but she has also squashed the economy as well. She could have done the same thing but kept industry alive. The unemployment figures are about to explode and she did well in hiding that until after the election.

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Maybe he should also mentioned that New Zealand is an island nation

OK, geography quiz time. Japan is . . . oh and UK is . . . and Australia is . . .

What a dopey thing to say. NZ got it right and had the leadership, please look that up

if you are living in the USA, UK or Australia, to do the right thing by science. The NZ

PM did not call the virus a hoax or equally stupid call for herd immunity which infects tens of

thousands and also destroys the economy like in Sweden.

Sweden's gross domestic product took its largest tumble in a single quarter in modern history during the second quarter of this year, despite the country's decision to not shut down its economy.

So NZ is virus free it seems and the economy is relatively strong. The USA GDP dropped over

30% last quarter and the death toll will soon be at 200,000. BJ in the UK did nothing until

he became infected putting that island nation in the top three for deaths per million.

NZ losing international travel is the fault of the nations in the rest of the world that had flawed strategies

and did not contain the virus like the USA, UK, Sweden and others.

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Others that did this were fined thousands yet this guy got away with it.

I can find one instance of a fine of $500. Can you please show me the links to higher penalties being handed down.

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Well done, Kiwis. I wish I was living there. Along with Taiwan, you are showing the world how to protect lives. If only other nations had followed what medical professionals - not morons - were saying. What they have done is bought time until a vaccine hopefully arrives.

Here's hoping Labor win in a landslide next month in an endorsement of this success.

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I asked nicely. You can’t show it? That’s all you need to say.

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Strictest nation, best results. Other nations like the US and Japan may want to take a look, swallow their pride, and do the right thing if they ever want to realistically deal with it.

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Yes. Kiwis have done a good job. 5 millions people is a lot but it is scattered across in an area about the size of Japan so population density per km, even in their cities, is relatively low. Therefore this makes the task of eliminating the virus easier.

What are some cities and high population countries doing, testing a few people a day and feeling good infections are not high all the while infected zombies are walking around infected others unknowingly.

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"New Zealand is an island nation with controlled borders. I doubt they have reached herd immunity, so as soon as the travel restrictions are eased, the bug will appear again."

It almost sound like you hope people will get infected in large numbers (and die) in New Zealand. I hope not.

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that's only until they inevitably reopen the borders.

That’s the trick, isn’t it.

Right now, you’d not be welcoming foreign tourists anyway.

But how long does this mean that workers and businesses in the tourism industry are out of work? You simply can’t do tourism while there are tough quarantine rules at the border.

So people are going to be out of work, for a long time.

That will have knock on effects.

So far, it’s better to prioritize health and well done for that.

But it’s still only the beginning.

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Kiwis got lucky! 

New Zealand really dodged a bullet with this

So it’s all down to luck is it? You’d better cross your fingers then. USA and Brazil are the unluckiest countries in the world.

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Lol. How am I supposed to prove it. No evidence either way. You’re making the claim and I’m calling you out on it.

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New Zealand is one of true advanced countries who can prioritize human lives than any other things, unlike Japan.

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OK, geography quiz time. Japan is . . . oh and UK is . . . and Australia is . . .

What a dopey thing to say. NZ got it right and had the leadership, please look that up

if you are living in the USA, UK or Australia, to do the right thing by science. The NZ

PM did not call the virus a hoax or equally stupid call for herd immunity which infects tens of

thousands and also destroys the economy like in Sweden.

Wow. Dopey what? They are the facts. Although New Zealand and Japan are about the same size, the population is 5 millions and 126.5 millions respectively. That is 121.5 millions more hosts for the virus to infect and the population destiny in their cities are very different. I do agree the NZ PM made the right choice but she has some winning factors already in place to help her. Well, let's put her in charge of running Tokyo, do people really believe she can achieve the same result? The scenarios are very different.

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Rest of the world should learn from . . . .

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Surely Iwate is the winner, only 2 cases in 8 months with a very mild lockdown and travel restrictions.

Low population density helps stop the spread and makes a sevre lockdown possible.

New Zealand had a six week lockdown but people could still bbq in their gardens etc. In tokyo you would be confining people to cramped apartments for six weeks.

Would still rather be in japan.

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Some countries are more isolated and have less population density. There are many factors at play here. What is the 100 day significance? Shall we throw a party?

yet India with a much larger population and population density than almost every other country is doing far better than countries with lower population density and populations. So yes a strong pandemic response is scientific necessity to contain the spread

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 Those that praise Jacinda Ardern should know better. Her government has been an abject failure.

yet 92% of Kiwis thought a tough lockdown was the right thing to do and her approval rating now stand at around 59%, her party has a 26% lead over the next best party , the most in NZ history. So it seems Kiwis dont agree with you

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/jacinda-ardern-most-popular-prime-minister-new-zealand-poll-a9522696.html

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What is the 100 day significance?

It's that for the past 100 days, unlike almost everywhere else in the world, people have been free to do whatever they want in NZ without worrying of infection.

I for one am envious. It's a place I wish I was living at the moment.

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Those that praise Jacinda Ardern should know better. Her government has been an abject failure.

Hah, an article about her government's success in the most pressing issue they are facing, and the Russian trolls are pushing the line that her government has been failure.

Maybe they should try something that's a little less easy to fact check, like say a government that doesn't have 80% popularity amongst its people.

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A lot of talk about the significance of low population density. If you think about it though what difference does it make? It's not like people in NZ don't contact each other or get near each other anymore than people in high population density areas. They just don't live so close together.

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A lot of talk about the significance of low population density. If you think about it though what difference does it make?

The answer to this question exists. There’s a whole science behind it; epidemiology.

(population density does matter a lot by the way)

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Her government has been an abject failure.

In responding to racist massacres and the spread of the virus, I think not.

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Kiwibuild - Massive Fail. Auckland light rail - massive fail. Jacinda was going to reduce child poverty - massive fail, child poverty has increased under her government. Housing crisis was going to be solved - it got worse.

I'll give Jacinda an A- for crisis management, and a D for everything else.

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On queue, reports of community transmission in Auckland have come out overnight, with no immediate hints about the source.

Hopefully they can trace it quickly and eradicate the coronavirus again, but who knows... it could be fairly widespread already.

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