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New Zealand marks 100 days of virus elimination

New Zealand could pull off bold goal of eliminating virus
Posted at 2:02 PM, Aug 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-09 17:02:41-04

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease.

Life has returned to normal for many people in the South Pacific nation of 5 million, as they attend rugby games at packed stadiums and sit down in bars and restaurants without the fear of getting infected.

But some worry the country may be getting complacent and not preparing well enough for any future outbreaks.

Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern’s leadership has been widely praised. Still, New Zealand’s international tourism industry has collapsed and the country remains more isolated from the outside world than before.