This is like telling Titanic passengers not to get on the lifeboats because someone thought he saw a spider in one of them.
Apparently, our State Department has issued a travel advisory for New Zealand — because the country currently has 23 active coronavirus cases. And, well, New Zealand media are getting quite a kick out of it.
“As of August 7, 2020, New Zealand has had 1569 confirmed and probable cases of Covid-19 within its borders. Currently, there are 23 active cases in New Zealand,” the post states.
The website, however, doesn't explain all 23 active cases are in managed isolation.
The US government has four travel advisory levels for overseas travel:
Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.
Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.
Level 3: Reconsider Travel.
Level 4: Do Not Travel.
However, New Zealanders need not worry about Americans entering the country given only New Zealand citizens or residents with valid travel conditions can currently enter.
New Zealand, of course, has been a model for how to handle the coronavirus epidemic. With a population of around 5 million, it has suffered just 22 deaths to date. Meanwhile, to take just one example, Louisiana, whose population is 4.6 million, has logged 4,207 deaths.