#2 New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand’s Ardern has been her usual composed self, clear but compassionate, quick to act yet warm and unifying; proving once again she’s a leader to be admired. The NZ Prime Minister was early to lockdown and crystal clear on the maximum level of lockdown she was putting the country under – and why. She was praised for quickly self-isolating those entering the country early, and when the country hit just 6 cases, she banned travellers entering entirely.
As of mid-April, they have suffered only four deaths, and where other countries talk of lifting restrictions, Ardern is adding to them, making all returning New Zealander’s quarantine in designated locations for 14 days.
Ardern also announced that she, along with her cabinet and other senior members of parliament, would be taking a 20 percent pay cut in solidarity with New Zealander’s how have been hit with financial hardship due to the pandemic.