September 21, 2020

Coronavirus: NZ health minister breaks lockdown at beach

New Zealand’s health minister has called himself an “idiot” after breaking the country’s lockdown by driving his family to the beach.

David Clark admitted the 12-mile (20km) drive was “a clear breach of the lockdown principles”.

He offered his resignation to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, but kept his job because of the ongoing crisis.

But he has been been demoted in cabinet rankings and also lost a secondary position of associate finance minister.

On Sunday, Scotland’s chief medical officer resigned for making two trips to her second home during the lockdown.

What did David Clark do?
New Zealand went into its highest state of lockdown, level four, late on Wednesday 25 March.

But on the first weekend, Mr Clark drove his family from their home in Dunedin to Doctor’s Point beach.

Mr Clark admitted the trip to Ms Ardern after being criticised for another breach of the rules.

Last week, he drove a shorter distance to a mountain bike trail – and his van, featuring a picture of himself on the side, was photographed at the trail.

“People can go outside to get fresh air and drive short distances if needed, but we have asked people to avoid activities where there is a higher risk of injury,” said Ms Ardern last week in response to the trail ride.

“The minister should have followed that guidance.”

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