As countries around the world are working on the crown “curve flattening” infections, it has set a much more ambitious goal. New Zealand COVID-19 program is completely extinguished. “We have the opportunity, something that no other country achieved elimination to make the virus,” Jacinda Ardern, the country’s prime minister, said on April 16 The strategy seems to be working. Less than 1,500 people have been infected with the virus in the country of nearly 5 million. Only 17 have died. On April 24, five new cases have been confirmed. (By way of comparison, in Colorado, which is about the same geographic size as New Zealand, with a population of 5.8 million, has more than 11,000 confirmed cases and more than 550 people were killed) bold plan of New Zealand He has attracted the admiration of the world. But it is a small, prosperous island nation, away from other large countries with a population that will spread. Experts say that its success will be difficult elsewhere, especially in places like the United States, it is ready and that the cost of maintaining such a strategy is higher for prudence to wear replica most other nations. “New Zealand has, which is to have fewer early travelers began to appear from China and other infected areas and a longer time before cases the advantage of the relatively isolated location. New Zealand has seen its first cases 28 February, at a time when the US is already widespread community and probably had thousands of unreported cases, “said Thomas J. Bollyky, director of the Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. If one of the strictest lockdowns known to the world on March 23, New Zealand LOCKDOWN difficult measures. At that time, only about 100 people in the country had tested positive for the virus, and no one had died. “We have hard going and we need to go early,” he said Ardern few days earlier, when the announcement of what they described as border restrictions most difficult in the world. Citizens are obliged to stay at home if it is absolutely necessary to leave. People can form in their neighborhoods, but it is forbidden to swim at the beach. Borders are closed, except for citizens and residents who are needed for 14 days after entering the quarantine or isolation. And almost all the closed businesses. “Only companies absolutely essential for the necessities of life in order to ensure, as supermarkets and pharmacies, can remain open,” is the official position. “In case of doubt, the premises should be closed.” The blockade measures were coupled with isolation, quarantine, tests widespread for those who are exposed to and identify suspected of contact. Once a case is identified, it can be traced to a close contact and seal to isolate itself. New Zealand has more than 100,000 tests crown a rate of 2,190 per 100,000 people. In comparison, South Korea, which has had a blast much larger and made widespread through innovative approaches such as drive-thru test test mass-centers has a rate of 1,140 per 100,000 people. The US has tested 1,420 men per 100,000, according to data from COVID project. Why New Zealand is the unique geography has contributed to the success of New Zealand. The island state has more control over who is in the can as a country with large porous land borders. Michael Baker, a professor at the University of Otago Department of Public Health, the government on its COVID-19 response time out says “a way to control entry points” is a key element of the strategy for elimination. The country is also relatively isolated. It is 2500 miles east of Australia and its nearest neighbors are the small chain of islands of New Caledonia, 1200 miles north. means low population density of New Zealand may be more difficult, the virus is transmitted by contact and respiratory droplets spread by air. Only 1.66 million people live in Auckland, the largest city of New Zealand and the population density is less than one-twentieth largest of America City Center, New York City. Stay up to date on the growing threat to global health, by signing up for our daily newsletter crown. Outside of the handful of cities in the country “have a population that is already far enough socially,” said J. Stephen Morrison, director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Washington DC think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies, E citizens of New Zealand a high degree of trust in their government, after a survey, 88% of New Zealanders trust their government the right decisions on COVID-19 to make. Bollyky says that some cultural factors also make New Zealand unique as a high level of public cooperation. “As a New Yorker, [I] was the jaywalking limited to Auckland always struck late at night, when the streets were almost empty,” he says. New Zealand also has “reasonably consistent” public health system, according to Morrison. This contrasts with the United States, where a public health system “fragmented” has faced many years under investment, he says. A high cost experts claim that the price of New Zealand’s strategy is extremely high. “The cost of eradicating should try to keep the process of being astronomical not think makes sense,” Simon Thornley, senior professor of epidemiology at the University of Auckland, told TIME. “The people of small businesses that have a lot of time and engage in their livelihoods are going to get it taken away from this block.” Kirdan Lee, a partner at the boutique New Zealand-based consulting firm Sense Partners, says that tourism and education, both significant driver of the economy of the country have been hit hard. The tourism industry, which employs one in eight kiwi, also brings in 21% of the foreign currency. Nearly 6% of GDP comes directly from tourism and a further 4% of GDP to support tourism industries. Educating foreign students, meanwhile, is the fourth export of New Zealand, contribute about $3 billion to the country’s economy in 2017. But now, schools and universities are closed, they are considered the country’s borders . limits could have for a long time remain closed to prevent the virus, although it has been opened in recent days some debate in Australia about once both countries have the virus under control. The economist says Lees set limits mostly for 12 to 18 months are closed. He says the economy will be radically different. Brad Olsen, a senior economist at the New Zealand economic consultancy Infometrics Company, told Time that he believes that the economy will be radically different “can survive without the international tourism economy, but not as we know it.” Proponents of the elimination strategy to recognize the economic did not cause, but they say they restart more quickly and avoid allowing the internal economy of the country the pain of a long lockdowns cycle as cases surge and be brought back under control. “It ‘brutal for the economy, but the great advantage is that you have an exit strategy,” says Baker. He adds that it is stalled by when I travel around the world, the damage to the economy of New Zealand was going to happen no matter what. “It is not such as tourism and international cruise ships immediately change things start over,” he says. New Zealand began re-opened gradually. On April 27, the country will relax its restrictions. Some schools and businesses reopened, but people are encouraged to continue to work and learn from home where possible. Experts say that a positive step, but does not significantly improve the economic situation. “[It] will get more New Zealanders back to work, but there is still the economic purgatory for the New Zealand economy substantially,” says Olsen. His firm estimates that about 20% of workers are still at work among the relaxed restrictions, they will not be able to. “It will not work a considerable number of companies able and workers sat idly,” he says. Others criticize the lock wounds on their civil liberties. One cause of recently fired against Ardern compared the restrictions on the applicant and members of his family under the forgiveness “prison”. What Zealand still teach the world, experts agree that a leader can learn some things are around the world, such as New Zealand, the crisis has made. Ardern had already consensus in 2019 to an impressive lead after a deadly shootout in Christchurch, and facing another crisis, appear to show again. The 39-year-old prime minister has taken a timely and decisive action based on the advice of health officials. It communicates with the public in a clear and consistent, sometimes their messages by engaging the Facebook live sessions deliver from their house was hosting. In a live stream, she appeared in a faded sweatshirt that country so strict blockade measures to calm were coming into place. “While their messaging was clear delivered consistently and in a confident, calm and relaxed, even though she did not want to pose to the lives and livelihoods to coat the sugar the dangers of the pandemic,” Suze Wilson, development teacher management at Massey University in Auckland, tells TIME. Ardern and their management have “Unite Against Covid-19,” said New Zealand citizen, and the leader has several times the country “five million of our team.” That says how, Baker has contributed to the country lockdown win public support. “The whole country has come behind it,” he says. Gavin Yamey the director of the Center for policy impact in global health at the Duke Global Initiative Health says that his message of unity is in stark contrast to that of some leaders of the United States, including President Donald Trump, who protest just the economy encourages new open, despite the advice of the health authorities. Bollyky the Council on Foreign Relations, he says Ardern leadership and their clear, consistent communication, based on science have enormous importance for the success of New Zealand. “These properties replicable in any democracy, but in too short supply,” he says. Please send tips, leads and stories from the front to [email protected]. Correction, April 28 The original version of this story false information the person’s name that the New Zealand economy “can survive without international tourism.” And ‘Brad Olsen was not Kirdan Lees.