(Bloomberg) – New Zealand’s Minister of Health has been demoted and a rugby star player has been condemned for violating strict national lockdown rules aimed at eradicating the corona virus.
Just days after being criticized for mountain biking during isolation, Health Secretary David Clark admitted that he also drove 20 kilometers (12 miles) with his family to the beach for a walk. Clark, who calls himself an “idiot,” was demoted and stripped of his role as finance minister.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said he would fire Clark under normal circumstances but needed him during the war against Covid-19. “I expect something better, and New Zealand,” Ardern said in a brief statement.
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Meanwhile, All Black Richie Mo’unga was filmed on Monday’s training with some teammates from his Canterbury Crusaders rugby team in a park in Christchurch. The locking rules require that everyone stays at home unless absolutely necessary. New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Mark Robinson called their actions “unacceptable.”
The incidents followed a national outcry against a man who was arrested for deliberately sneezing and coughing on supermarket buyers, which appeared to be a false joke. New Zealanders have reported thousands of violations of regulations to the police since a four-week lockout began on March 25, at one stage crashing into a complaint site.
New Zealand is not the only country struggling to overcome diminished freedom. Scotland’s chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, resigned because of traveling to her second home about 65 kilometers from Edinburgh.
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