Matt Drake

A divided nation: the true cost of New Zealand’s lockdown

Jacinda Ardern (Getty images)

Jacinda Ardern did a ‘little dance’ and thanked her ‘team of five million’ when she was told coronavirus had been eliminated from New Zealand. But her celebration now appears somewhat premature. A sudden spike in cases has forced Auckland back into lockdown and revealed the flaw in the country’s strategy for tackling the virus. 

In its effort to make New Zealand covid-free, Adern’s government has taken drastic measures.

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