New Zealand Health Minister resigns after recent controversies over his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak

After recent controversies sparked over his handling of the Coronavirus crisis in the country, New Zealand Health Minister David Clark extended his resignation on Thursday, July 2.

The Health Minister was criticised for breaches in stringent quarantine rules for travellers returning from overseas and controversies sparked over him being ignorant of lockdown measures by taking his family to the beach.

“Serving as minister of health has been an absolute privilege particularly through these extraordinary last few months,” said Clark adding, “It is no secret that health is a challenging portfolio. I have given it my all, but it has become increasingly clear to me that my continuation in the role is distracting from the government’s overall response to COVID-19 and the global pandemic.”

It is to be noted that with about 5 million population, New Zealand has done more than 400,000 Coronavirus tests, of which it has had 1,528 confirmed or probable Coronavirus infections. So far 22 deaths have been reported in the country due to COVID-19.

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