Is hugging a form of social distancing?

From Bettina Arndt.

How irritating to watch media everywhere fawning over NZ Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern, claiming her country leads the world in eliminating the COVID-19 virus.

In fact, Australia is doing a better job, with less shutdowns to destroy the economy. New Zealand has 0.4 deaths per 100,000 population while Australia has 0.3, according to a New Economic Forum analysis. And earlier this week infections were running at 26 cases per 100,000 people here compared to New Zealand’s 30 cases.

No doubt we will hear very little about Ardern’s attempts to hug her tattered economy back to life and her faithful media supporters will neatly avoid comparisons with countries like Sweden which seem to have kept a lid on the virus without causing massive unemployment. Nice to have a captured media ever ready to supply the right spin.