Aug 16, 2020 - World

New Zealand PM delays election by 4 weeks amid coronavirus outbreak

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a press conference at Parliament on August 17
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a press conference at Parliament in Wellington on Monday morning local time. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday New Zealand's election would be postponed by four weeks to Oct. 17, after other parties had called for a delay and as the country scrambles to contain a second coronavirus outbreak.

The big picture: Ardern said moving the date would give all parties a "fair shot to campaign" and it'd give Kiwis "certainty without unnecessarily long delays." She ruled out changing the election date again, citing planned safety measures. NZ has reported 58 active cases linked to its cluster in Auckland, which saw the country's largest city lock down and lesser restrictions reintroduced elsewhere.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with the latest figures from the cluster.

Go deeper