Ardern slams Trump over New Zealand virus Claim: ‘Patently wrong’

Ardern calls Trump's claim ‘Patently wrong’
Ardern calls Trump's claim ‘Patently wrong’

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called Trump’s claim of the new cluster in New Zealand a “big surge” is “patently wrong”. President Donald Trump said New Zealand is experiencing a “big surge” in COVID-19 cases.

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During his speech to the crowd of Minnesota, Trump gave his remarks over the new outbreak of COVID-19 cases in New Zealand. He told that the country of 5 million people was in the grip of a “terrible” upsurge in COVID-19 cases, though the country succeeded in eliminating the disease for more than three months.

New Zealand reported thirteen new cases on Tuesday, which took the country’s total number of positive cases to 1,293. Trump said in Minnesota: “You see what’s going on in New Zealand?” “The problem is … the big surge in New Zealand, you know it’s terrible. We don’t want that.”

Ardern attacked this claim of Trump by saying there was no comparison between New Zealand’s handful of new cases a day and the tens of thousands reported positive cases in the United Staes. 

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“Patently wrong”

She told the reporters “I think anyone who’s following COVID and its 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, and in fact does not compare to most countries in the world,”. She called Trump’s claim “patently wrong”.

 The country is shocked after the discovery of four infected family members in Auckland on 12th August. The country had been going smoothly without a new case of Covid-19 for more than three months.

On Thursday, New Zealand announced that there were 13 new cases in the community and one overseas arrival who was in quarantine, bringing the total number of active cases to 36.