Health Editor’s Note: Boy, do I wish we had someone of the caliber of New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, making the pandemic decisions here in the U.S. New Zealand is a country that suffered only 21 deaths due to COVID-19. Lock down and relentlessly finding and locating contacts of those who were infected kept deaths to an unbelievable low level. Really a very simple plan, but awesomely effective. Trump missed the boat on this one and now we are sinking…Carol
New Zealand edges back to normal after quashing coronavirus in 49 days
by Anna Fifield/the Washington Post
Wellington: Running the meeting was Jacinda Ardern, the liberal prime minister who has won international renown for her empathetic leadership during the global coronavirus pandemic. Next to her was Winston Peters, the wily politician almost twice her age who heads the populist party in the coalition government.
The cabinet faced a momentous decision.
New Zealand had been in almost complete lockdown for 46 days, a step the government mandated when the country had only 100 coronavirus cases but modeling showed it was on a trajectory similar to Italy’s.