The new normal: New Zealand braces for shift from Covid zero to Covid acceptance

Posted by on January 26, 2022 6:33 pm
Categories: Global Stories

The nation accepts a big psychological change, one expert says, as people prepare for more cases than they have ever seen before

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In New Zealand’s biggest city, the streets were calm. At an Auckland supermarket, shelves of toilet paper, wine, chocolate and flour – metrics of a population hunkering down for a marathon of self-soothing and banana bread – had been quietly restocked from any panic-buying flurries.

In an uptown cafe, a barista said things had been a little quieter since the announcement. Then again, she shrugged: “It might just be a Tuesday.” At Unity Books, a bookstore at the heart of the city, people were quietly browsing. “There’s always an element of eerie calm before the storm,” said bookseller Briary Lawry.

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