On March 23, New Zealand took on an elimination strategy based on managing influenza pandemics, applying border restrictions to require a 14-day isolation period for all arrivals.
Worldwide used methods such as case isolation, contact tracing, and quarantine were also used by the country.
Although COVID-19 is a more fatal blow than influenza, the strategy is working in the nation. Less than 1500 people have been infected with the virus in a population of about 5 billion.
Only 17 people have died, and on April 24, only five new cases were added. New Zealand’s strategy has drawn admiration from all over the world.
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However, experts say that it would be difficult to replicate this success in different parts of the world, especially in countries with a wider area and a spread-out population.
Experts also note that the investments this strategy requires to be implemented successfully are too costly than most other nations are willing to bear.
“New Zealand has an advantage of a relatively isolated nation, which meant fewer earlier travellers from China and other infected areas and a longer time before cases started to appear. New Zealand saw its first cases on February 28, at a time when the US already had community spread and likely thousands of unreported cases.”Thomas Bollyky, director of the global health program at the Council on Foreign Relations