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    18 Photos That Show How Different Life During COVID Is In New Zealand And Australia Compared To The US

    I'd like to become a Kiwi ASAP, thanks!

    As someone living in a country that's rapidly approaching 25 million COVID-19 cases and just surpassed 400,000 deaths, it's pretty easy to forget that other places aren't nearly as impacted by the pandemic.

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    But then I saw some pics of how things are going in New Zealand, and I was like, "Excuse me????"

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    As it turns out, New Zealand just had its largest concert since the start of the pandemic and it was PACKED.

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    And by packed, I mean about 20,000 people.

    The concert was held in Waitangi, New Zealand and featured the band Six60, who will be having a nationwide tour.

    Revelers enjoying the music
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    Look at all of them, they're so happy.

    A girl sitting on a man's shoulders enjoying the concert
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    I mean, not a mask in sight.

    Two people sitting on other's shoulders dancing to the music
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    No need for the six-feet-apart rule here!

    Two people standing having a conversation without having to socially distance
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    This is happening in 2021. TWENTY TWENTY ONE.

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    This guy's having a great time.

    A man playing a saxophone to a massive crowd
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    Literally not a single care in the world.

    People walking around and chilling in a open space
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    And let's not forget that Kiwis have been able to safely enjoy bars and restaurants since May 2020, when their COVID-19 threat level was only at Level 2. It's since gotten even better (obviously).

    People enjoying socializing inside a restaurant without having to social distance or wear masks
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    So, obviously I saw that and felt a little jealous. But then, I caught wind of how Australia is basically doing the same thing, and I nearly cried from the couch I haven't left since March.

    This is happening in my city here in Australia right now in December 2020. Post-covid festivals are here. We haven’t had a case of covid in the community for over 8 months. Life is back to normal thanks to everyone doing the right thing! 👍

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    As it turns out, Aussies have been out here living their best lives too! Here's a festival that happened in Perth, Australia in July. JULY.

    A packed crowd dances at a concert
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    To compare, July was the month when the US set a (then) record of 50,000 COVID-19 infections in one day.

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    Not so in Australia!!!

    A man taking a selfie at a concert
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    This is literally how Australians rang in New Year's Eve:

    People in a large crowd raise their hands in celebration
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    These two lovebirds are basically saying, "Pandemic who?"

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    Not only are they able to gather in big groups, but they can also hug their grandparents afterward without worrying about killing them, so that's pretty cool.

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    I'm not necessarily saying the US is doing something wrong, but...

    People in the US standing in a line without wearing masks or socially distancing
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    ...I'm not NOT saying that either.

    Two people holding on to each other while holding sparklers
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    So, yeah, big congrats to New Zealand and Australia for doing such a great job keeping the pandemic under control. I'm very jealous and just wanna be able to hug my grandma.

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