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Strict rules: Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay during a Press conference in Wellington, New Zealand

Strict rules: Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay during a Press conference in Wellington, New Zealand

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Strict rules: Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay during a Press conference in Wellington, New Zealand

The Northern Ireland-born director of public health in New Zealand has described the country's Covid-19 success as "humbling".

Dr Caroline McElnay, who grew up near Bushmills in Co Antrim, said she feels "blessed" that politicians in New Zealand "were very prepared to make some difficult decisions in the early days" of the pandemic as they moved to stamp out the virus.

New Zealand has followed a strict elimination strategy and has almost no restrictions in place, becoming the envy of many countries around the world as they have been ravaged by the brutal effects of Covid-19.


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