New Zealand incumbent Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s center-left Labor Party on Saturday won with a landslide in the country’s general election in what appears to be the NewZealander’s award to their leader thanks to her Government’s superb response to the COVID-19 pandemic which has since earned her fame and admiration worldwide.
A gunman who cruelly murdered 51 Muslim faithful last year in the deadliest attack ever in New Zealand’s history was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole on Thursday. The gunman, Brenton Tarrant, a 29 year-old Australian, is the first person in the country to be slammed with such a sentence.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today that the national elections, originally scheduled for September 19, will be postponed for four weeks to October 17, due to a surge of the new coronavirus epidemic. Ardern announced a one-month postponement of the general election under multi-party pressure.
New Zealand just marked 100 days without any local coronavirus infections in the country, but officials warned against complacency and the lessening of preventative measures. New Zealand, with a population of 5 million inhabitants, had 1,219 confirmed cases of coronavirus since February and 22 deaths.
An unarmed police officer was shot and killed and another wounded after they tried to pull over a car during a routine traffic stop in New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland. A bystander was also hit and injured by the suspect’s car. The police commissioner, Andrew Coster, said the injured officer suffered serious leg wounds, while the bystander also had serious injuries and remained in the hospital.
The city of Beijing will once again close all of its schools and universities after a spike in cases of the new coronavirus in the Chinese capital. The deputy secretary-general of the Beijing municipal government, Chen Bei, said at a press conference that the city is now moving from the third to the second level of emergency.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced Monday that the nation has managed to completely eradicate COVID-19. “Today there are no active cases in New Zealand. We have tested over 40,000 people for Covid-19 in the past 17 days and none have tested positive,” the Prime Minister announced.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said that the country has emerged victorious in containing community infections of coronavirus at a time when the country is set to ease lockdown restrictions. She added that despite achieving this, the country must continue to fight the deadly virus.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced on Wednesday that she would cut her salary by 20 percent over the next six months, like other ministers and executive heads, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. This measure will remain in force for at least the next six months and will apply to all members of the national administrations of the Pacific nation.
A volcano erupted in New Zealand on Monday, causing at least five deaths and leaving scores other nursing injuries. New Zealand police confirmed the incident to journalists. Several people are still missing, but rescue operations are being hampered by nightfall and lack of visibility caused by smoke. The White Island volcano (also known as Whakaari) is one of the most active in the country.