• Murhaf Radi, Europe Editor

Jacinda Ardern hopes US President has 'speedy recovery'

New Zealand-- The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern has wished US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump a "speedy recovery".

"We have seen now several world leaders who have been affected by COVID-19 and I know that I stand with others in wishing all the best. This is, obviously, a virus that has globally had a devastating impact," the Labour leader said on Saturday.

Ardern was out campaigning in Auckland when she made her comments. The city, New Zealand's most populated, was in August sent into lockdown after an outbreak of the virus, but it has since had restrictions lifted. While the US continues to struggle in its fight with COVID-19, New Zealand is seeing very few cases each week - most returnees.

Previous world leaders to contract the virus, which has killed more than one million worldwide and infected nearly 35 million, include UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

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