New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday hit back at US President Donald Trump's comments calling the country's surge in Covid-19 cases "terrible."
"I don't think there's any comparison between New Zealand's current cluster and the tens of thousands of cases that are being seen daily in the United States," Ardern told reporters. "Obviously, every country is experiencing its own fight with Covid-19; it is a tricky virus, but not one where I would compare New Zealand's current status to the United States."
"New Zealand's nine cases in a day does not compare to the United States' tens of thousands, and in fact does not compare to most countries in the world. I'm not concerned about people misinterpreting our status," she added.
Trump's comments: Speaking in Minnesota on Monday, Trump said: "Even New Zealand, did you see what's going on in New Zealand? 'They beat it, they beat it.' It was like front page, they beat it, because they wanted to show me something."
"The problem is, big surge in New Zealand ... it's terrible," he added.
Some context: New Zealand is currently grappling with a reemergence of cases, which came shortly after the country went 100 days with no local transmissions.
Ardern announced Monday that the country’s election would be delayed by four weeks, to October 17, due to concern over the spread of coronavirus.
New Zealand confirmed 13 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, all locally transmitted.