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[/news/new_zealand/index.html New Zealand] has gone 100 days without recording a single case of community transmission of [/news/coronavirus/index.html coronavirus], something that seems hard to imagine compared to the battle Australia is facing.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern plunged her nation into one of the harshest lockdowns in the world in March and has reaped the rewards since, with the last case of community transmission on May 1.
That was just 63 days after the island nation of five million reported its first infection on February 28. 
New Zealand has recorded 1,219 infections and 22 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The numbers are a drop in the ocean when compared to other countries still battling thousands of cases and deaths. 
Australia had reported 20,272 coronavirus cases as of Friday August 7.

The national death tally scaled to 278 after Victoria recored 466 infections and 12 new cases on Saturday. The state is grappling with a deadly second wave of infections following alleged safety breaches within their hotel quarantine program. 
There are more than 19.2 million coronavirus cases across the world and at least 719,800 people have died.

New Zealand has gone 100 days without community transmission of coronavirus.

Pictured: The nation's infections since between March and August
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has been praised for her handling of the global pandemic by swiftly introducing strict measures to eliminate the deadly virus
Pictured: Passengers wear protective masks and gloves at Auckland International Airport in April
New Zealand entered strict lockdown at the end of March to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Pictured: A view of empty Lambton Quay in Wellington during lockdown in April
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