New Zealand's health minister, David Clark, who has been seen as a model country for the coronation battle, has resigned, Reuters reports.
Clark has been criticized for failing security measures in quarantine facilities where the coronavirus was detected only days after authorities declared the country corona-free.
Clark has also violated the corona restrictions himself twice - by taking his family on a beach trip and riding a mountain bike trail.
“It has become increasingly clear to me that my continuation in the mission would disrupt the overall government’s response to the coronavirus and the global pandemic,” Clark said at a news conference in Wellington.
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern approved Clark's decision. He had previously refused to oust Clark because he has played a critical role in the country’s coronation.
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Ardern declared in early June that New Zealand had defeated the coronavirus. At the same time, however, he warned that new cases would almost certainly come with the lifting of interest rate restrictions.
Shortly thereafter, two women from Britain who had been allowed to leave quarantine prematurely for individual human reasons were diagnosed with coronary infection.
There are now 22 active corona cases in New Zealand, all of which have been reported among citizens returning to the country from abroad.
Ardern appointed Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education, as Acting Minister of Health until the September election.
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