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April 25, 2020
Praised For Curbing COVID-19, New Zealand's Leader Eases Country's Strict Lockdown
Source: National Public Radio
Journalist Julie McCarthy
With many countries reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand is proving a model of recovery and is lifting part of its strict lockdown.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has applied her trademark empathy to rally her country of 5 million to attempt what few states have tried: eradicate, not just mitigate, the novel coronavirus.
As of Friday, New Zealand has registered a total of 17 deaths from COVID-19 and 1,456 infection cases, with only two new cases confirmed on Friday. The country has done better than flatten its coronavirus curve, public health experts say — it has crushed it.
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