Coronavirus has infected almost 900,000 people in the US, with President Donald Trump’s relaxed approach to the situation allowing the disease to spread rapidly. However, some of the wealthier Americans have escaped the nation, heading for doomsday bunkers in New Zealand.
Texas-based Rising S Co, a company which builds underground bunkers in New Zealand, has stated it has seen an increase in interest in its products over the last few months.
General manager Gary Lynch told Bloomberg one of the company’s clients, a Silicon Valley executive, contacted Rising S Co in early March, and has been at the base since.
Mr Lynch said: He wanted to verify the combination for the door and was asking questions about the power and the hot water heater and whether he needed to take extra water or air filters.
“He went out to New Zealand to escape everything that’s happening and as far as I know, he’s still there.”
New Zealand is seen by the rich as an ideal location to spend the pandemic, due to its healthcare system, laid back nature and scenic beauty.
The Antipodean nation only has 1,400 confirmed cases of the disease and only 16 deaths as a result of the coronavirus.
New Zealand luxury real estate agent Graham Wall said: “They have all said it looks like the safest place to be is New Zealand right now.
“That’s been a theory since before COVID-19.”
Helen Petousis-Harris, a vaccine expert at the University of Auckland, said: “New Zealand got everything right.
“Decisive action, with strong leadership and very clear communications to everybody.”
Research from Deep Knowledge Group (DKG) in Hong Kong found New Zealand to be the sixth safest country to be right now, behind, Israel, Germany, South Korea, Australia and China.
The UK was listed as the 40th safest while the US ranked 70th.