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No, New Zealand can’t teach SA much in virus response

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Every country affected in this global pandemic has its own peculiar issues so the course of the outbreaks, and their consequences, will differ widely.


09 Jun 2020
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No, New Zealand can’t teach SA much in virus response

New Zealand has got the virus under control but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned of pain ahead, with unemployment rising and the economy contracting. POOL/AFP/Mark Mitchell

The world has been saluting New Zealand as one of the first countries to stop transmission of the coronavirus. And the country’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has been hailed for her leadership role in the crisis. In this country, there have been some who have said we could learn from her and the New Zealand example. Has everyone missed the single, most important, factor in New Zealand’s success? It is an island state. It closed down its borders early in the pandemic. It has a small population – just over a third of that in Gauteng – and its people...

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