This Country Claims to Have Eliminated the Coronavirus

By Pacey on April 27, 2020
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Lots of praise is going to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, for how she has handled the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus.

Even though the country is using the term “elimination”, this to them does NOT mean that they have zero cases. In fact, today they announced they had one new case, and four “probable cases” of Coronavirus.

Ashley Bloomfield is New Zealand’s Director General of Health and has said the low number “does give us confidence that we’ve achieved our goal of elimination, which — that never meant zero but it does mean we know where our cases are coming from.”
He then added: “Our goal is elimination. And again, that doesn’t mean eradication but it means we get down to a small number of cases so that we are able to stamp out any cases and any outbreak that might come out.”
The Prime Minister stated, “So as we have said elimination means we may well reach zero but we may well then have small numbers of cases coming up again, that doesn’t mean we have failed, it just means that we are in the position to have that zero tolerance approach to have a very aggressive management of those cases and keep those numbers low and fading out again,”Ardern said.

What this means to them is that they can now easily trace where every Coronavirus case is located, where it came from, and who has been exposed to the virus.

Even with this new information, New Zealand still will have strict social distancing measures, as the threat in the country has only gone from “level four” to “level three”.


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