The COVID-19 outbreak has taken many governments by surprise . While the crisis unfolds, it is instructive to explore how different governments reacted to the onslaught of an unknown disease . This research, using very recently collected and open-source data, meets this objective . The research reveals that, regarding 7 most commonly adopted preventive measures, governments have varied notably concerning their actions in relation to infection rate, disease rate, and timing of measures . The research also illustrates variations between governments for 6 countries: Australia, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States . As revealed in the summary independent-samples t test and Hedges' g values, both Oceanian countries (Australia and New Zealand) reacted differently compared to the other countries, which may have played a role in their low death and infection rates to date.