New Zealand's outbreak peaked in early April, when the country reported 89 new cases in a single day, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Since then, a handful of cases have entered the country from international travelers, but health officials have managed to contain infections so far to fewer than 10 new daily cases per day through June.
The outbreak peaked at 851 new infections reported on March 3, according to Hopkins' data, but the country has reported fewer than 100 new cases per day since April 1. .
However, in April the virus began to circulate among the island country's migrant worker community, ballooning into an outbreak that peaked on April 20, when the country reported about 1,400 new cases, according to Hopkins' data.
Daily new cases have steadily dropped since then and on Sunday, the country reported 213 new cases, according to Hopkins' data.
"This is really the beginning," Schuchat said of the U.S.'s recent surge in new cases.
and the fact that the virus is hitting different parts of the country at different times complicates the public response here compared with other countries, Schuchat said.
"What we have in the United States, it's hard to describe because it's so many different outbreaks," Schuchat said.
The coronavirus has proven to be the kind of virus that Schuchat and her colleagues always feared would emerge, she said.
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