Coronavirus: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern labels Donald Trump’s criticisms ‘patently wrong’

Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, on Tuesday slapped down Donald Trump’s talk of an out-of-control coronavirus “surge” in New Zealand as “patently wrong”.

She expressed dismay after the US president exaggerated the new virus outbreak in New Zealand as a “huge surge” that Americans would do well to avoid.

“Anyone who is following,” Ms Ardern said, “will quite easily see that New Zealand’s nine cases in a day does not compare to the United States’ tens of thousands.”

“Obviously, it’s patently wrong,” she added of Mr Trump’s remarks, in unusually blunt criticism from an American ally.

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