Health Minister of New Zealand David Clarke was demoted in rank after he admitted that he had violated the rules of a national quarantine, going with family to the beach. This was announced by the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, the newspaper The New Zealand Herald led the broadcast of her performance.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand said that the Minister of health spoke about the trip to the beach during the quarantine, and offered to resign.
“Under normal conditions I would have fired the Minister of health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses. But now the priority of our collective fight against COVID-19. We can’t prevent mass violations in the health sector or in our response. The only reason Clark will retain his position,” – said Ardern.
According to the Prime Minister, Clark will be deprived of the role of the assistant Minister of Finance and demoted in rank.
In a statement to The Guardian , Clarke said that he had taken his family to the beach in 20 km walk during the first weekend of the introduction of restrictive regime.
According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University on April 7, in New Zealand recorded 1,160 cases of coronavirus infection, 241 of them recovered, one died.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. March 11, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 1.35 million people, of whom more than 285 thousand recovered, and 74 856 died. The greatest number of cases and deaths recorded in the United States, Spain and Italy.