Donald Trump Takes A Swipe At New Zealand's 'Terrible' Coronavirus Outbreak
Just as New Zealand celebrated 100 days without community transmitted cases of coronavirus, a small outbreak was recorded in Auckland.
That cluster has since grown to 78 active cases and parts of the country have been plunged into lockdown to prevent more infections.
Interestingly, US President Donald Trump has waded into that issue and said his country doesn't want to have the same thing happen to them.
At a campaign rally in Minnesota, Trump said: "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.
"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, New Zealand recorded nine new cases, compared to America, who recorded a little less than 42,000 new cases.
Even when you account for differences in population, the rise in cases in America would be the same as 588 new cases in New Zealand.
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New Zealand has recorded a total of 1,579 cases since the pandemic began, compared to the 5.4 million cases in America. Accounting for population, that's like New Zealand having 75,600 cases. There have been 22 Kiwis die from coronavirus and 172,000 Americans die.
New Zealand has also only just had a small outbreak after effectively eliminating the virus from the community. America hasn't even finished its first wave of infections.
So, it's interesting that Trump feels it necessary to throw rocks from his incredibly fragile glass house at the moment.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has delayed her country's general election by four weeks to ensure people are safe.
The country's director-general of health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, says they're still trying to workout how the initial outbreak in Auckland happened. So far, it's been traced back to a family of four that haven't been overseas.
"We still don't have any particular clues as to the origin of the outbreak," Dr Ashley Bloomfield said.
"Our first focus is on the mapping the extent of it and managing the outbreak, once we have the complete picture we are much more likely to then go back and trace the origin of it."
"We may find some clues as to where, but we may still not quite answer the question of how it was transmitted."
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