United States President Donald Trump on Monday called New Zealand’s coronavirus outbreak as “terrible.”  Trump’s remarks came while reflecting on the US economy in Minnesota. To this ambiguous remark New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reacted saying she didn’t see any real comparison between New Zealand’s current cluster and the tens of thousands of cases that are reported in the US. She gave a stern reply to Trump’s exaggeration of the pandemic situation in New Zealand saying that the claims of “huge surge” by President Trump are “patently wrong.”

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Pandemic Situation of USA and New Zealand

At the time of filing this report, New Zealand’s total number of coronavirus cases stood at 1,649 with 22 deaths. On the other hand US cases seemed to surge with the number being  5,487,837. The death rate in US is also high with 175,408 cases as of now. United States has the highest number of cases in the world. US is followed by Brazil on the second with 3,407,354. Third on the list is India with 2,767,273 cases.

New Zealand was initially acclaimed as a world leader in tackling coronavirus outbreak. Recently, it reported fresh outbreaks after more than 100 days without any locally transmitted infections.  The New Zealand elections have also been postponed by a month due to the latest pandemic. The COVID situation might put Jacinda Ardern’s lead in the elections at a risk according to reports. Jacinda Adern is the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand. She is the leader of the Labour Party since 2017. At 37, she became the world’s youngest head of state in 2017. She became the second female state leader to have a baby in office. Jacinda Ardern is one of the most popular PM of New Zealand in a century.

Sanskriti Tiwari is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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