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New Zealand has topped the Lowy Institute’s COVID Performance Index, leaving nations such as Vietnam and Thailand in its wake.
Nobody knows how New Zeland was able to pull off such a feat but some in the industry have claimed it might have something to do with New Zealand being extremely isolated, insignificant economically on a global scale and made up entirely of small towns.
Only a handful of cases were confirmed in New Zealand last year.
Their names were Thane Hopkins (34) of Auckland, Shelley Tipton (67) of Dunedin, Tamsin Maddison (19) of Wellington and Teresa Fox (23) of Invercargill.
Nevertheless, Kiwis have celebrated their Covid win today with a virtual parade and rugby match in the Otago region.
More to come.