New Zealand’s Stringent Lockdown Keeps COVID-19 Related Death at 1

A total of 1,239 cases have been reported in the country, with 317 recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins University. The only one death who had a pre-existing condition, who was an elderly woman, the Washington Post reported.

On March 14, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden of New Zealand announced anyone entering the country would need to self isolate for two weeks. The New Zealand Government blocked the border to foreigners and by March 19 (with 28 confirmed for COVID-19).

First case having been confirmed on February 28, this move had taken less than a month.

Travel is a huge volume monetary source in New Zealand, but this country decided to pursue a complete lockdown, choosing life over income.

On March 23 (with confirmed 102 cases), Arden announced that the country was going into lockdown completely.

Now only 14 are still getting treated in the hospital, according to CNN.

Prime Minister Arden at a speech on Thursday, said, “We are turning a corner,” and lauded the New Zealanders for their hard work, saying, “And your commitment means our plan is working.”

Due to the stringent lockdown rules, no foreigners were allowed into New Zealand since March 19.

Arden stated, “You made the decision that together, we could protect one other. And you have. you have save lives.”

However, New Zealand is aware that it is still alone in its near complete battle against the Novel Coronavirus, as the rest of the globe is still in the process of battling the virus. She added, “but as I’ve said, this is going to be a marathon.”

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