New Zealand’s health minister resigns over Covid-19 ‘mistakes’

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New Zealand’s health minister has handed in his resignation after receiving a backlash over his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and allegedly committing a series of “personal mistakes”.

Personal mistakes, as in he allegedly broke the law twice – once by riding a mountain bike outside his home in Dunedin and then another time by travelling about 20 kilometres to the coast to take a walk with his father…. all during the lockdown when travelling wasn’t permitted. Minister David Clark had previously described himself as an “idiot” for flouting the country ‘s strict lock-down measures.

Last week, he appeared to blame a top health official for errors on border control, where some returning New Zealanders were permitted to leave quarantine without being screened for Covid-19. After announcing his resignation he would remain in parliament as a backbencher.

NZ PM Jacinda Ardern accepted his decision, saying it was “essential to our health leadership to have the confidence of the public in New Zealand”.

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In April, she rejected calls to sack Mr Clark, citing his crucial position in the country’s response to the crisis but demoted him to the bottom of the cabinet ranks.

SOURCE: Sky News

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