- Jacinda Arden is the first prime minister to have dealt with a major terrorist attack, a deadly volcanic eruption and a pandemic is Jacinda Ardern
- She is the prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party
- Prime Minister Ardern faced all of these challenges in her first term in office and while nursing a baby
Jacinda Ardern's first term in office as prime minister of New Zealand has been characterised with some challenges including a major terrorist attack, a deadly volcanic eruption and a pandemic.
Prime Minister Ardern is the first prime minister to have dealt with such challenges.
She faced all these challenges while nursing a baby as the politician gave birth to her first child in 2018.
Prime Minister Ardern, who assumed office in 2017, is serving as the 40th prime minister of New Zealand and she is the leader of the Labour Party. Despite all of the challenges she has faced, Ardern has come out more popular than when she was elected.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that New Zealand has reported two new cases of Covid-19 bringing a three and a half week run of no new infections to an end.
Health authorities confirmed that both new patients had recently arrived from the United Kingdom:
“The ministry can confirm today two new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand related to the border as a result of recent travel from the UK. Both cases are connected."
Covid-19 restrictions in the country had been relaxed to Level 1 after what was believed to be the last patient recovered from the virus.
New Zealand's borders are strictly open to returning citizens and their families. The exceptions are for business-related purposes and compassionate ground, with a compulsory two-week quarantine for anyone entering the country.
In other news, President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar has said two lawmakers in the country - one member of the Senate and one deputy - have died of COVID-19.
The president, who made the disclosure on Sunday, July 12, said 11 other deputies and 14 senators also tested positive for the deadly disease.
President Rajoelina launched a local herbal concoction he claimed prevents and cures COVID-19.
The presidency had said in a statement: “The Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown."
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!