New Zealand has cancelled its plans to host a major trade meeting of US and Asian leaders next year because of the coronavirus, opting instead to lead a virtual summit.
The country was scheduled to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation - or APEC forum in Auckland. The event would have brought thousands of people to New Zealand throughout the year, culminating in a leader’s week in November 2021.
New Zealand has been praised globally for its health response to the virus. After a strict lockdown, the nation of 5 million people has eliminated community transmission, at least for now.