Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the world, we had to stop doing many things as before. However, thanks to New Zealand’s success in controlling the coronavirus, we were able to quickly return to our normal lives.
Although no new cases of the virus have been reported since May 22, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said we should be prepared for probable future cases.
Ardern added that starting Wednesday night Auckland will go to level 1 health alert, which is the one in effect in the rest of the country. This means that there are no longer restrictions on public meetings.
The South Pacific archipelago, which has five million inhabitants, has recorded only 25 deaths due to COVID-19 and less than 1,900 cases. On Monday, there were 40 active coronavirus cases.
Thanks to New Zealand’s excellent work in the face of the pandemic, sports have returned. Last weekend, people filled an entire stadium to enjoy a sporting event.
There are five New Zealand teams competing in the Super Rugby. This League also has clubs in South Africa, Argentina, Australia, and Japan. The Kiwi clubs will start a 10-week competition in the Aotearoa Super Rugby.
These games began last weekend. The first to compete were the Blues against the Hurricanes. Also, the Highlanders against the Chiefs.
Nearly 20,000 people witnessed the first Highlanders-Chiefs game in Dunedin.
During the game of the Blues against the Hurricanes in Auckland, the audience was about 43,000 people. The Eden Park stadium, with a capacity of 50,000 people, reduced attendance due to safety rules. Ticket sales offered a free child’s ticket. This was so popular that it had to be cancelled.
New Zealand, a Nation to Follow
New Zealand has a population of 5 million. Its strategies to defeat the virus have been masterful in comparison with the United States. Although cities like Texas and Florida insist on reopening their games despite the increase in cases of the coronavirus, this country is not closed to eradicating the virus. At the same time, it seems as if it has no interest in doing so.
All that remains is to wait and witness the day when Americans can return to a stadium in the normal way and without fear.
Meanwhile, in New Zealand, many lucky people are already playing their favourite games and supporting their teams. If only more countries in the world would follow New Zealand’s example, then we could all return to normal.