Jacinda Ardern has fired back at Donald Trump after the president compared New Zealand’s new outbreak of COVID-19 cases to the United States.
At a campaign rally in Mankato, Minnesota on Monday, the president called out New Zealand for its “big rise” in COVID-19 cases.
“The places they used to hold out have a big wave now … they held up names of countries and now they’re saying ‘oops,'” he told the crowd.
‘Do you see what’s happening in New Zealand? They hit it, they hit it, it was like front page news because they wanted to show me something.
“Big wave in New Zealand, you know it’s awful, we don’t want that, but this is an invisible enemy that should never have come through China to Europe and the rest of the world.”
The New Zealand Prime Minister said on Tuesday that Trump’s claim was “ blatantly false. ”
Clearly, each country is experiencing its own struggles with COVID-19; it’s a tricky virus, but not one that I would compare New Zealand’s current status with to the United States, ‘said Ms Ardern
“Of course I don’t think there is any comparison between New Zealand’s current cluster and the tens of thousands of cases seen in the United States every day,” said Ms. Ardern.
Clearly, each country is experiencing its own struggles with COVID-19; it is a tricky virus, but not one that would compare New Zealand’s current status with the United States. ‘
Trump’s comments come because New Zealand registered only nine cases on Monday, while the US registered 41,894.
The whole world was jealous of the world for dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, until new cases came to light on August 11.
Auckland was thrown back into lockdown, or Level Three, to quell the spread of the virus, after enjoying 102 days without a single instance of community transfer.
The rest of New Zealand is placed at level two, which mandates social distancing and limits on the number of collections.
At a campaign rally in Mankato, Minnesota on Monday, the president (pictured) called out New Zealand for its ‘big rise’ in COVID-19 cases
The source of the fresh kiwifruit outbreak has yet to be determined.
New Zealand and Australian officials are working on a possible link through a freight company with offices in Melbourne and Auckland.
New Zealanders had enjoyed the return of their usual freedoms after a fall trap had proved effective in temporarily eliminating the deadly virus.
But there are now 90 active infections, including 69 related to a community cluster in Auckland, 20 from returning travelers in hotel quarantine, and one separate infection at a maintenance worker at the Rydges Hotel.
Officials said the man performed maintenance tasks in the hotel rooms between bookings and after the rooms were disinfected. He wears personal protective equipment during work.
A man wearing a face mask is seen on Wednesday in central Auckland, New Zealand (pictured) as the city passes its level 3 lockdown
A man walks his dog under level three restrictions along Auckland’s Kohimarama Beach on Monday (photo)
The man, who received complaints on Tuesday, August 11, went to work with a cough for two days.
He tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday, and the results of the genome sequencing released Tuesday indicated that his infection is not linked to the Auckland community cluster.
“It is most closely associated with a positive case that was in the Rydges and was identified on July 31,” said Dr. Bloomfield.
“This is a returnee from the US.”
The traveler stayed at the hotel from July 28 to July 31 before testing positive and being transferred to the Jet Park quarantine facility.
Health authorities said there is “no clear person-to-person connection” between the employee and the returning traveler, but the investigation continues.
The maintenance worker was also taken to the Jet Park Hotel’s quarantine facility.
Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has shot back at Donald Trump after president compared COVID-19 cases in New Zealand to United States numbers
A police car is seen outside the Rydges Rotorua Hotel used to isolate returning travelers (pictured Aug 12)
Two women wear face masks on their walk in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday (photo)
Contact tracking and testing has not associated further infections with the maintenance worker. He remains a single case.
All Rydges staff and returning travelers are retested as a precaution.
Health officials have also contacted believers attending two of the Emmanuel Cook Islands Good News Fellowship services on August 9. All those present are in isolation and will undergo tests.
Dr. Bloomfield said 98 people – 44 positive cases and their close contacts – have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.
As a result of the surprising outbreak, elections in the country have been postponed by four weeks to October 17.
The country’s lockdown has been extended to August 26.
Below level three, in Auckland, all public places – such as libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts and playgrounds – must be closed.
In America, lockdown restrictions vary widely from state to state.