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    Default New Zealand Lifts Lockdown As It Declares Virus Eliminated, For Now

    Damian Cave
    June 8 2020

    Saying the country had no active coronavirus cases and no new infections, officials declared that the strict clampdown on public life would end.

    Crowds will gather again in New Zealand’s restaurants. Weddings will include as many hugs and guests as the happy couple wants — and even social distancing will not be needed.

    New Zealand has no active coronavirus cases and no new cases, officials said on Monday, declaring that life could return to a form of pre-pandemic normal. Since the pandemic began, the country has reported 1,504 cases and 22 deaths nationally, and has been widely praised for its stringent approach to combating the virus.


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    Default Re: New Zealand Lifts Lockdown As It Declares Virus Eliminated, For Now

    I'm suspicious of all reporting on number of cases. The fewer people you test, the fewer cases you'll have. Be that as it may, I'm happy countries are declaring victory over the virus. Perhaps, this will dampen the push to vaccinate the world's population against COVID-19????

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    Default Re: New Zealand Lifts Lockdown As It Declares Virus Eliminated, For Now

    Well, zero is a pretty impressive number. Let's see what happens...
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    Default Re: New Zealand Lifts Lockdown As It Declares Virus Eliminated, For Now

    Yeah, but they've only tested about 240,000 New Zealanders, out of a population of nearly 5 million. Less than 5%. In contrast, the CDC reports 22 million people tested in U.S., out of a population of 330 million--about 7%. And, I can't find anyone in the U.S. who believes 7% tested is an adequate number.

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