The Real Reasons New Zealand Is Beating COVID-19

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From May 23 to June 14, 2020, New Zealand experienced absolutely zero new coronavirus cases. These numbers stand in stark contrast to the totals coming in from many other countries around the world, including the United States, which reported more than 500,000 new cases during that time.

Throughout 2020, New Zealand experienced a few spikes in positive cases: In August, positive COVID-19 infections peaked at 19 cases, and, in October, officials recorded a high of 25 positive cases. Although there has been no community transmission of the novel coronavirus in New Zealand since November 18, 2020, around 10 cases were recorded in mid-December, stemming from the travelers using the country's extensive hotel quarantine system.

All of this to say, New Zealand has continued to keep novel coronavirus cases at bay. To date, New Zealand has seen 2,181 cases of COVID-19, whereas, to date, the United States has seen a staggering 20.7 million cases. The disparity between these infection rates has prompted many to question just how New Zealand was able to "beat" COVID-19. Amid fears of a new strain of the virus, New Zealand is continuing to exercise caution and, in doing so, has set an example we could all learn from.

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