I have nothing but praise for Jacinda Ardern who closed the borders of New Zealand, quarantined foreigners and eradicated the virus through a national lockdown, mass testing and contact tracing. New Zealand proves that liberalism, not the virus, is the real killer.
“Australia and New Zealand’s borders will be shut to anyone who is not a citizen or resident, in an escalation of both countries’ efforts to tackle the coronavirus.
“At no time in New Zealand’s history has a power like this been used, and I recognise how extraordinary it is,” New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.
“We need to do this for the health of the country, and our people.”
New Zealand’s ban begins at midnight on Thursday. Australia’s begins at 9pm local time on Friday. …”
Contrast what happened in New Zealand and Australia with how the libertarians and conservatives in this country responded where 56,000 people are now dead from the coronavirus.
“New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that the island nation has defeated — for the present — the coronavirus as her government announced the lifting of most restrictions imposed to halt the spread of COVID-19.
“There is no widespread undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle,” Ardern said Monday. “But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way.”
Asked whether New Zealand had eliminated COVID-19, Ardern replied: “currently.” …”
“Mark your calendars. Today — April 27, 2020 – is the day that New Zealand, a country of five million people, has declared it has “eliminated” coronavirus. The country now has new cases in the single digits, and knows where every single case has come from, meaning there is no uncontrolled community transmission. The country will now be easing (though not entirely removing) restrictions, as they see life return to relative normalcy.
On this side of the planet, April 27 paints a very different picture. In the United States, we no longer tally the number of cases (how could we know them, when testing is so sparse and widely unavailable?) Instead, we tally the number of deaths; ours have risen above 55,000 now. Of course, we’re far larger than New Zealand, and we’re also far less remote. Still, it’s worth considering whether or not our approach to solving the epidemic has been a problem regarding its certain and unstoppable escalation. To which I say: of course it has. …”
New Zealand is reopening without the virus now.
For months, we have heard that it is easier for the Right to move Left on economics than for the Left to move Right on social issues, but New Zealand and the United States shows that the opposite was true. It was easier for a progressive like Ardern to move Right and close the borders of New Zealand than it was for the governor of Texas to move Left and prioritize public health.
Note: Australia’s conservative government did the same thing. Closing the borders was a sensible and practical response to a pandemic. The UK has paid a heavy cost in lives for following the example set by the United States.