New Zealand celebrates 100 days of no COVID-19 transmission

by Peter Heck · Aug 10th, 2020 12:48 pm

Last Updated Aug 11th, 2020 at 10:57 am

Epidemiologists are praising "good science and great political leadership" for New Zealand marking 100 days since any new transmission of coronavirus took place within the country.

In late March, after 100 people tested positive for the virus in the small South Pacific country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the government imposed a strict lockdown, sealing the borders to all foreigners.

The only new cases to emerge since that time were native New Zealanders who had been traveling abroad and returned home. Those individuals were quarantined at the country's border until they were no longer contagious.

? As other countries have struggled to control outbreaks, New Zealand has seen just 1,500 cases and 22 deaths in a population of more than 5 million.


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