Business Insider reports:
New Zealand has made it 100 days without a single new local case of COVID-19, the country’s Ministry of Health announced Sunday. The public health milestone comes as coronavirus cases are spiking in other countries, including nearby Australia. The total number of cases in the US surpassed 5 million Sunday — by contrast, New Zealand has only reported 1,219 cases of the virus, most in April and May, and 23 of those cases remain active.
New Zealand took an early, aggressive approach to stop the spread of the virus. The country of 5 million people entered a hard lockdown in April that closed schools and nearly all businesses, including food delivery. By June, most restrictions were lifted in the country, but New Zealand’s borders remain closed to foreigners and incoming New Zealanders are required self-quarantine for two weeks after arriving.
[one mass shooting in New Zealand]
NZ: We’re banning semiautomatic rifles.[countless mass shootings in the US]
US: Thoughts and prayers.[some COVID cases in NZ]
NZ: Social distancing.[150K+ dead of COVID]
US: Masks are for pussies and we’re going to Golden Corral.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) August 9, 2020