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Two years of Covid in NZ - the wins, the losses and what comes next

People wear masks on Queen St, Auckland.

Today marks two years since New Zealand recorded its first case of Covid-19.

A woman who had returned from Iran had tested positive in Auckland, confirming New Zealand as the 48th country to identify Covid. It was later discovered the disease had in fact arrived a few days earlier, carried by a pair of travellers who had just arrived from Italy.

What happened next will be written in the history books. An initial community outbreak, a nationwide lockdown, elimination success. A victory? Yes, but not a lasting one. Auckland was forced into lockdown three more times before the arrival of