New Zealand, among the most successful of all nations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, recently released nearly all restrictions on its citizens. While this sounds like it must be premature, it is justified by the incredibly low numbers recorded in recent weeks. New Zealand, being a relatively small independent nation, was able to impose harsh restrictions early on and prevent cases from spreading. This resulted in a total of just over 1,100 cases and only 22 deaths before the spread of the disease was stopped altogether, with several weeks passing since the last new case.
In contrast to most countries, New Zealand plans to allow full crowds of spectators in sports stadiums, much to the delight of its many rugby fans.
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