The country was in harsh lockdown. The government told us staying home saved lives. So we did, and it took four months to combat COVID-19, no more active cases, none in hospital, all clusters closed. Only then (with borders closed) we were safe to return to normal, schools, businesses open - still with some safe distancing required.
New Zealand did it! With a government that talked sense, a health team that advised sense and an economic recovery team of former business heads (including Air New Zealand and former prime minister Helen Clark) who will now oversee re-opening the economy. And, as PM Jacinda Ardern said, the biggest asset was the team of 5 million that made it happen.
(Helen Clark and the former president MaEllen Sirleaf of Liberia have recently been appointed by the WHO to co-chair an independent panel reviewing the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the response by governments.)
Pic: So, at our first outing playing petanque, we celebrated.
Wishing all countries the same success.