The Guardian reports:
Donald Trump has called out New Zealand for its recent Covid-19 outbreak, saying the places the world hailed as a success story is now facing a “big surge” in cases. “The places they were using to hold up now they’re having a big surge … they were holding up names of countries and now they’re saying ‘whoops!'”
“Do you see what’s happening in New Zealand? They beat it, they beat it, it was like front-page news because they wanted to show me something,” the US president said at a campaign rally in Mankato, Minnesota.
“Big surge in New Zealand, you know it’s terrible, we don’t want that, but this is an invisible enemy that should never have been let to come to Europe and the rest of the world by China.” On Monday Auckland recorded nine new cases of the virus, and 13 on Tuesday, while the US’s Monday figure was just under 42,000.
The Daily Beast reports:
Ardern told reporters on Tuesday: “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.”
Addressing Trump’s comment, she said: “Obviously, it’s patently wrong.” In June, New Zealand declared it had eliminated the virus, and went 102 days without infections.
PM Jacinda Ardern says there is “no comparison” between NZ’s cases and the USA after Donald Trump said her country had experienced a big surge.
NZ has 13 new cases today. pic.twitter.com/D0hPlkf1lq
— Ben McKay (@benmackey) August 18, 2020