13 October 2020

New Zealand today


No masks or social distancing required - because they already did that, with a hard 6-week lockdown of the entire country.  And a lot of intelligent common-sense people.

Image cropped from the one at the via.

And BTW, this is Brazil today, filmed at a store opening with the pandemic still raging:

8 comments:

  1. We could have avoided 200,000+ deaths and the destruction of our economy. Good job, Washington!

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    1. Possibly, if we were an island nation of less than 5 million people, easily isolated and able to prohibit entry and exit. And if we were not a nation sharply divided by political ideology for the past 2 or 3 decades.

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    2. Don't forget, their first confirmed case was more than a month after the rest of the world. That's a lot of valuable knowledge to gain second-hand

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    3. First Wuhan cases reported to WHO December 31.
      First U.S. case January 20.
      First kiwi case February 28.

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    4. Precisely. The first US case was less than a week after the WHO said that there was no evidence of human-to-human contagion (and about a week before Trump closed travel from China, I believe). A month's worth of knowledge is invaluable when your small and isolated country still hasn't been exposed yet.

      I'm happy to compare the US response to Europe or other large countries with multiple major traffic hubs, but let's be honest: New Zealand enjoyed many more advantages in the fight against COVID than just a harsh lock-down.

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  2. BTW, that picture has been circulating since at least mid-June, if not earlier. That does not negate your larger point, but it is not a recent photo.

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    1. Are you sure you've seen that exact photo (rather than similar ones) from a posting in June? Because when I do a Google Image search for similar images, all the sources list it as NZ-Australia rugby match three days ago, credit New Zealand Herald.

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    2. You are right, I did not not look closely enough at both pictures. Jumped to conclusions because the captions were similar. Sorry about that.

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