New Zealand has no patients in hospital for Coronavirus. That’s the face of victory.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been widely appreciated for her strict confinement – he has just pulled New Zealand out of a major public health crisis.
A country of just under 5 million people has managed to flatten the curve. New Zealand, under the leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, has confirmed that there is a grand total of zero patients currently in hospital with the disease, CNBC reports. Meanwhile, the United States, one of the richest countries in the world, continues to wage what appears to be a losing battle against the new Coronavirus. This is a major victory for Ardern and has proven that it is possible to defeat the pandemic – provided that leaders act quickly and with the help of qualified medical professionals.
There have been no new cases of the virus for the fifth day in a row, the New Zealand Ministry of Health confirmed on 27 May. Following the discharge of a patient from Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, there were also no patients with the disease currently hospitalized. In addition, there are only 21 active cases remaining at present. To date, 1,462 patients have recovered and the country has treated 267,435 coronavirus tests. The Ministry of Health held a press briefing to celebrate these figures, which indicate that New Zealand has not only succeeded in flattening the curve but is also on the verge of overcoming the public health crisis as a whole.
In the meantime, contact search applications work in the background to maintain these statistics. The COVID Tracer application in New Zealand also monitors the remaining cases.
On Wednesday, the government launched another app that aims to provide health professionals with access to important information on up-to-date case definitions and local clinical pathways. The app will also provide advice on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). In comparison, the United States has not yet implemented contact research at the national or even state level.
Despitethese positive indicators, New Zealand still needs to “lower the alert level from two to one – the least serious level.” This may be because the central government would want to err on the side of caution rather than regret making a hasty decision, putting people’s lives at risk. Nevertheless, the country is working on the slow reopening of its borders, a key element of its strategy to flatten the curve. Dr Ashley Bloomfield, head of public health, said the early closure of the borders had been “so important to us in order to keep the infection out of the country.” She also cited good hygiene practices, such as effective hand washing, as a factor in reducing the spread of the disease.
Last month, Prime Minister Ardern said New Zealand had “won” the battle against widespread community transmission of coronavirus, after the number of cases dropped dramatically. However, she added that in order to “achieve full success”, they should “track down” the last active cases. She said: “There is no widespread and undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We won this battle. But we must remain vigilant if we want this to remain so.” As a result, the nation is reopening its economy at a slow and steady pace. Ardern remains at the front of the battleship, leading his “five million team” towards security and prosperity.