New Zealand's Ardern talked with Queen about epidemics reaction

New Zealand's Ardern talked with Queen about epidemics reaction

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said on Wednesday she talked to Queen Elizabeth II after a strict lockdown emerged that helped to curb coronavirus outbreak.

Ardern said she recently received a message that the Queen was keen to "touch base" to see how New Zealand was doing in the global pandemic circumstances.

“What I came away with was a genuine and strong sense that her Majesty was really interested in knowing how we were doing and was heartened to know that we were doing ok,” Ardern said at a news conference.

New Zealand was under a strict lockdown that had for over a month shut down offices, classrooms, malls, restaurants, playgrounds and all other public areas. On Tuesday the lockout was lifted.

The Pacific country announced on Wednesday two new confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks, resulting in a total of 1,126 deaths and 19 fatalities, far less than many other countries since it effectively controlled the virus by locking down its border and economy.

Since 1947, New Zealand is independent of British rule, but maintains the Queen as its constitutional ruler and head of state. She toured the country many times as a dictator.

On Tuesday Ardern said in a post on Facebook and Instagram that it was a "treat to speak with Her Majesty"

“Her affection for New Zealand, her interest in what’s happening here and her memory of places and events that are special to us never ceases to amaze me,” Ardern wrote in the Instagram post.


Image: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern