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Pacific Islands, COVID-19, Pandemics, Resilience, Tourism
On the 21st November 2020, the number of COVID19 cases recorded worldwide is about to reach 59 million with close to 1.4 million deaths.1 Countries such as New Zealand with the promptness in strict border controls, screening, tracking and isolation policies and procedures have the least rate of infection and deaths, compared to countries such as the United States of America (USA) who lacked a prompt coordinated response, leadership and population willingness to prevent infection spread.
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