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- 97.9 Public Health
- 77.4 Financial
- 100 Fact-Based
New Zealand has had very strong policy, particularly with regard to its reliance on science and facts and its relatively strong financial response.
New Zealand scored highly on most measures but has a low number of hospital beds and is a country of average wealth.
- Debt/GDP ratio 29.8%
- GDP/capita $42,045
- Gini coefficient (out of 100) NO DATA
- Infant mortality rate (out of 1,000 live births) 5
- Healthcare access score (out of 100) 86.2
- Hospital beds/1,000 People 19.7
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(Data points represent policy level as of Mar 15.)
Public Health Directives
New Zealand has had very strong public health policy, and it scored well in all public health areas except in testing.
- Stay at home order 0
- Public gathering restrictions 0
- School closings 0
- Public event cancellations 0
- Testing policy 2
- Emergency healthcare investments/capita $61.64
- Travel restrictions 4
- Tests/1,000 people 377.7
- Contact tracing 2
Despite a small stimulus package and limited debt relief, New Zealand had a relatively strong financial response to COVID-19, owing heavily to its very generous income support for workers.
- Financial stimulus as share of GDP 11%
- Income support 1
- Debt forebearance 2
New Zealand’s government is very strong in this category, as it has not engaged in misinformation or limited press freedom in response to COVID-19.
- Reliance on science/fact based information 0
- Press freedom 0
COVID-19 Status as of Mar 15
New Zealand is among the best performers in this category, consistently scoring very strongly in all subcategories, likely attributable to its very low positivity rate and very strong policy score.
- Total deaths 3
- Death rate per 100K 0.7
- Total cases 2,432
- Cases per 100K 0
- Percent of positive tests 0.1
- Change in positivity rates -0.1
|1||May 13||Social distancing requirements are lifted||0.00|
|2||May 18||Schools reopen||0.00|
|3||May 21||Bars reopen||0.21|
|4||Jun 08||Restrictions on personal movements, gathering, workplaces, and services are lifted||0.00|
|5||Aug 12||Country moves to Alert Level 2 for 3 days following several new cases||3.94|
|6||Sep 21||Restrictions lifted in all but one city (which will be lifted in 2 weeks)||0.00|
|7||Oct 08||All restrictions lifted||0.42|
- New Zealand opens first big vaccination clinic: New Zealand opened its first large vaccination clinic as it scaled up efforts to protect people from COVID-19. Read More
- New Zealand to buy enough vaccines for entire population: The government will buy an additional 10 million vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech, which the prime minister says is enough to vaccine the whole country. Read More
- Borders staying closed until vaccine rollout: Prime Minister Ardern stated that borders will stay closed until there is a certain level of normality in the rest of the world, too. Read More
- New Zealand begins vaccination programs: In February 2020, New Zealand began its official rollout of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine on a small group of medical professionals, border staff, and Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) workers. Read More
- Auckland locks down after new cases: Lockdown measures were reimposed on the country's largest city, Auckland, after three new local COVID-19 cases were reported, the first local infections since late January 2021. Read More
- Increased border restrictions for U.S. and U.K. travelers amidst new coronavirus strain: With mounting concerns about the new strain of the coronavirus, travelers from the U.K. and U.S. to New Zealand now must show a negative COVID-19 test before departure and take a test on arrival into quarantine, along with tests on days three and twelve of quarantine. Read More
- Recession worsens: The country officially entered its deepest recession in decades due to restrictions. Read More
Compared with Other Island Nations
Per 1M 5,498
Indonesia scores relatively weakly, a big drop in the past few months, keyed by substantial weakening of travel restrictions, testing policy, and debt relief.
Per 1M 3
Iceland has a very strong score, owing heavily to its reliance on facts as well as generous debt and income support; its large improvement since January was keyed by significant improvements in public health policy and financial support.
Per 1M 1,146
Japan has a strong overall score, driven by its generous financial response and a reliance on facts, although its public health policy is very weak.
Per 1M 2
Taiwan has a relatively strong policy score, but its minimal stimulus and weak debt relief bring it down. However, the data does not accurately measure its advanced contact tracing, which may have diminished the need for more restrictions; this likely results in a score that underestimates Taiwan’s response.
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Statistics and government response factors available on each country profile include:
- Debt to GDP ratio
- Infant mortality rates
- Hospital beds per 1,000 people
- Gini coefficients measuring inequality
- Health access and quality
COVID-19 Public Health Directives:
- Stay-at home orders
- School-closing policy
- Public-gathering restrictions
- Cancellation of public events
- Testing policy and rates per 1,000 people
- Emergency healthcare spending per capita
- Travel restrictions
- Contact tracing
COVID-19 Financial Response:
- Stimulus package as a share of GDP
- Income support
- Instances of misinformation by leadership
- Limitations on press freedom, censorship
Current/Historic In-Country COVID-19 Status:
- Death rates per 1 million
- Case rates per 1 million