New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has denied President Donald Trump’s claims of a “big surge” of coronavirus cases in her nation as “patently wrong.”
“I think for anyone who’s following COVID and it’s transmission globally will quite easily see that New Zealand’s nine cases in a day does not compare to the United States’ tens of thousands,” Ardern made a statement on Tuesday.
New Zealand announced nine new cases of COVID-19 on Monday because of an outbreak a week ago that followed over 100 days with no local transmission in the nation.
In the U.S., which recorded almost 42,000 new cases that day, Trump proclaimed that New Zealand was seeing a “big surge.”
“Do you see what’s happening in New Zealand? They beat it, they beat it, it was like a front-page because they wanted to show me something,” Trump said at a conference in Mankato, Minnesota. “The problem is, a big surge in New Zealand. It’s terrible. We don’t want that.”
“Obviously, it’s patently wrong,” Ardern made it obvious to the reporters. She said that she doesn’t believe there’s “any comparison” between New Zealand’s cluster and across the board community transmission in the U.S.
“Every country is experiencing its own fight with COVID-19. It is a tricky virus,” she included.
Other New Zealand administrators also slammed back at Trump’s remarks.
“The American people can work out that what we have for a whole day, they have every 22 seconds of the day,” said Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. “That speaks for itself.”
Also, Greens Party co-leader James Shaw considered this comparison “absurd.”
“We know by now to take everything that Donald Trump says with an enormous grain of salt,” he told public telecaster Radio NZ.
New Zealand had wiped out community transmission of the infection until four individuals in a single family diagnosed positive for COVID-19 a week ago in its most crowded city of Auckland, which is home to 1.6 million people.
It provoked Ardern to put the city into a fourteen day Level 3 lockdown. The remainder of the nation was put on Level 2 restrictions, which means they can at present go to work or school however should rehearse social distancing to avoid infection to be transmitted.
Level 3 implies that individuals are relied upon to remain at home except if they are daily-waged workers or are getting staple goods, practicing or going to school. Every single public place, including fitness clubs, cinemas, food courts and play areas, must close.
It’s a puzzle how the infection reappeared in the community. Wellbeing authorities are proceeding to examine.
As of Tuesday, New Zealand, which has a population of 4.8 million, had an aggregate of 90 active cases, to a great extent driven by the new cluster.
Taking all things together, 22 individuals have died of COVID-19 in New Zealand. That means a death pace of 0.45 passing per 100,000 individuals. In examination, the loss of life of more than 171,000 in the U.S. separates 52 passings for each 100,000 individuals, as indicated by Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus resource center.