‘Patently wrong’: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern hits back at Donald Trump over COVID ‘surge’ remark

‘Patently wrong’: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern hits back at Donald Trump over COVID ‘surge’ remark

By: Reuters | Wellington |

Revealed: August 20, 2020 2:49:54 pm


Jacinda Ardern speaks to media on June 17.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hit again on Tuesday towards US President Donald Trump for saying her nation is experiencing a “large surge” in COVID-19, calling the remarks “patently improper”.

Trump sparked uproar in New Zealand when he advised a crowd in Minnesota that the South Pacific nation of 5 million folks was within the grip of a “horrible” upsurge in COVID-19 circumstances, having earlier succeeded in eliminating the illness.

13 new infections had been confirmed in New Zealand on Tuesday, taking the nation’s whole variety of circumstances because the pandemic started to 1,293, with 22 deaths. This compares with the US tally of greater than 5.2 million circumstances and 170,000 deaths.

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“You see what’s happening in New Zealand?” Trump mentioned.

“They beat it, they beat it, it was like entrance web page they beat it … as a result of they wished to indicate me one thing.

“The issue is … large surge in New Zealand, you understand it’s horrible. We don’t need that.”

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Ardern mentioned there was no comparability between New Zealand’s handful of latest circumstances a day and the “tens of hundreds” reported within the United States.

“I feel anybody who’s following COVID and its transmission globally will fairly simply see that New Zealand’s 9 circumstances in a day doesn’t evaluate to the US’ tens of hundreds, and in reality doesn’t evaluate to most nations on the planet,” she advised reporters.

“Clearly it’s patently improper,” she mentioned of Trump’s feedback.

“We’re nonetheless one of many best-performing nations on the planet relating to COVID … our employees are centered on preserving it that method.”

New Zealand’s dying price per 100,000 folks, at about 0.44, is among the lowest on the planet because of strict lockdowns enforced early within the pandemic. The US has a dying price of 5.21 per 100,000, one of many highest on the planet.

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New Zealand has fared much better than most nations through the pandemic, however an abrupt resurgence of COVID-19 final week in Auckland prompted the federal government to increase a lockdown for the town’s 1.7 million residents till Aug. 26, whereas social distancing guidelines are in place in different cities and cities.

The origin of the most recent outbreak remains to be unknown, however authorities earlier on Tuesday dominated out the chance that it got here from frozen meals gadgets or freight.

“Appears clear now that the chance is being dominated out from that investigation,” Director Common of Well being Ashley Bloomfield advised reporters.

New Zealanders celebrated when the nation handed 100 days with none neighborhood transmission earlier this month.

With an election due in mid-October, Ardern is eager to remind voters of her authorities’s monitor file on preventing the virus.

“Each different single nation on the planet has skilled resurgence. We went longer than many, our outbreak is definitely not as important as what we’re seeing in Vietnam, in Hong Kong, in South Korea or in Australia,” she advised state broadcaster TVNZ.

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