New Zealand is squashing the coronavirus curve

New Zealand is squashing the coronavirus curve
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits the Muslim community of Christchurch after the Mar 15 mosque attacks. DW video, YouTube

[Ed. – N.B: New Zealand is a small island nation of 4.7 million people with fewer international airports than the state of California and zero land borders.  For reference, the most populous city, Auckland, has about 1.7 million people, in density terms similar to the Providence-Warwick metro area of Rhode Island.  We wish the Kiwis continued success.  And yes, I had to look up the numbers.]

People have been walking and biking strictly in their neighborhoods, lining up six feet apart outside grocery stores while waiting to go one-in-one-out, and joining swaths of the world in discovering the vagaries of home schooling.

It took only 10 days for signs that the approach here — “elimination” rather than the “containment” goal of the United States and other Western countries — is working.

The number of new cases has fallen for two consecutive days, despite a huge increase in testing, with 54 confirmed or probable cases reported Tuesday. That means the number of people who have recovered, 65, exceeds the number of daily infections.

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