How New Zealander Jacinda Ardern went from pandemic hero to political victim

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SYDNEY —Jacinda ArdernA tough response to the Covid-19 pandemic led his party to a historic electoral landslide in late 2020. But after about a year, his popularity began to decline.

New Zealand’s strict border closures to contain the virus have hurt tourism businesses, educational institutions and other sectors that depend on visitors, overseas students and foreign workers. The country’s largest city, Auckland, has been closed for several months until the end of 2021. New Zealanders are upset that their biggest neighbor, Australia, is opening up too soon.

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