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While the number of cases is currently rising sharply in many countries, five countries in Europe, Asia and Oceania are successful with their strategies to combat Covid-19.

New Zealand: The country is to a certain extent the model student in the fight against pandemics. With almost five million inhabitants, around 1,600 corona infections are known and 25 people have died in connection with Covid-19. For the second time since the pandemic began, the government recently announced that it had the virus under control.

In addition to the strategically favorable location as an island, this is mainly due to the rigorous action of the government. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern issued one of the strictest curfews in the world in the spring and sealed off the country to foreign visitors.

New Zealand declared itself corona-free in June and returned to normal everyday life - until local infections occurred in the Auckland metropolis in August. The authorities immediately ordered a second lockdown. This was ended in October and most of the restrictions lifted. Foreign tourists are still not allowed to enter the country.

Australia: The strict corona measures taken by New Zealand's neighboring state are also having an effect. On Sunday, the Ministry of Health reported no new positive tests for the first time in almost five months. On Monday, Health Minister Greg Hunt spoke on Twitter of a new corona case, the origin of which is known. He thanked the people and the health workers.

Australia severely restricted public life at an early stage. The borders have been closed for months, only returning Australians are allowed into the country. One of the world's longest shutdowns was in the state of Victoria, which is severely affected by the virus and the capital Melbourne. When 127 new infections became known in July, Victoria was sealed off from the rest of the country. Since last week, most of the measures have been relaxed and restaurants and shops have reopened.

Taiwan: The island republic has not recorded any corona cases for over 200 days - without ever having imposed strict restrictions on freedom. In Taiwan, with its 23 million inhabitants, only around 550 corona infections have been confirmed. There are three reasons for this: the geography of the island nation, Taiwan's early response, and experience in dealing with a pandemic. The island was badly affected by the Sars pandemic in 2003 and has had an epidemic command center on alert ever since. As early as January, the authorities checked all air travelers from Wuhan, China, where the first corona case occurred on December 31. Shortly thereafter, Taiwan rationed protective masks, ordered mass tests, and imposed strict entry bans.

Israel: Israel did not have the corona pandemic under control for a long time. In September, more than 5000 new infections were reported - at times the highest per capita numbers worldwide. Since the restrictions were completely lifted from one day to the next after the first lockdown in spring, the situation got out of control. But in mid-September the government was the first industrialized nation to announce a second three-week lockdown.

Among other things, citizens were only allowed to move further than a kilometer from their place of residence in exceptional cases. Schools, shopping centers and restaurants have been closed. The number of newly detected corona infections has fallen since then. The Ministry of Health reported 218 new cases on Sunday. As a result, the measures were relaxed: kindergartens and preschools are open again, restaurants are allowed to sell meals to be picked up. However, assembly restrictions still apply.

Ireland: Ireland, where public life has practically come to a standstill for two weeks, has also acted quickly. In mid-October, the government imposed a second six-week partial lockdown. Those who can have to work at home by December 1st. Shops that do not sell essential goods have been closed. Meetings with other households are forbidden, with a few exceptions, and citizens are only allowed to be within five kilometers of their place of residence.

The measures also seem to be having an effect in Ireland: The confirmed new infections have been falling since the lockdown. On October 31, the Ministry of Health reported 416 new infections, the lowest number in three weeks.

Rendez-vous on November 2nd, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

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  • Comment from Werner Gürr (FrMu)
    Almost all commentators and the SRF assume that the reported figures correspond to the actual situation, i.e. reflect reality. I do not assume that this is the case, as there are no internationally recognized & applied verification procedures for these figures in the C crisis, no internationally recognized definitions, no internationally recognized definition of threshold values ​​and measurement parameters. Any country can pull the numbers out of its sleeve as it is politically advantageous.
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  • Comment from Marion Knoth (MarionK)
    Countless African countries have hardly any or no corona cases anymore, without isolation and draconian measures.
    Probably there is hardly any more testing - and yet the hospitals are spared the onslaught. Seems to be the far more successful strategy to me ...
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    1. answer from Walter Freund (WaltBlues)
      ... hardly tested anymore: whether these states have hospital occupancies with or without corona and announce ... How can you say that? @MarinoK ​​does not list sources of such a claim.
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    2. answer from Marion Knoth (MarionK)
      Here in the forum a woman from Tanzania spoke up every now and then and reported: hardly any tests but also no overcrowding in the hospitals.

      Don't you think that the media would just rush to see pictures showing the overcrowded hospitals of Voroba denier states?

      I only consulted Wikipedia, there is a Covid-19 page for every state. However, I cannot judge how up-to-date or correct the data is there.
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    3. answer from Max Wyss (Pdfguru)
      This strategy has a name: "burying your head in the sand" ...
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  • Comment from Maligan Jury (jury maligan)
    Thailand has not had its own cases for 3 months - only imported ones that were found in quarantine. Where is the SRF reporting? After all, a country with 80 million inhabitants. Life here is almost normal - but tourism, which generates 20% of the income, has completely collapsed. Retail and gastronomy are also suffering from this.
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