Updated: June 11, 2020 4:10:30 pm
As the New Zealand government lifted restrictions after announcing that it had eliminated Covid-19 on Monday, a video of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confessing to doing a “little dance” on hearing the news has gone viral on social media. During a press conference in Wellington, Ardern confirmed that there were zero active coronavirus cases in the country.
“Today there are no active cases in New Zealand. We have tested over 40,000 people for Covid-19 in the past 17 days and none have tested positive,” Ardern said during the press conference.
When the 39-year-old was asked about her immediate reaction, Ardern said she had done a “little dance”, surprising her two-year-old daughter Neve. “She was caught a little by surprise and she joined it having absolutely no idea why I was dancing around the lounge,” Reuters quoted Ardern as saying.
Watch the video here:
As the prime minister’s dance remark went viral, many fans were disappointed there were no photos or videos of it. So, taking the opportunity someone made a spoof video instead of the leader dancing around. YouTuber GCSBro has edited an artistic interpretation of the her celebration, superimposing Arden’s head onto a clip of Hugh Grant dancing in the 2003 film Love Actually.
Ardern’s response soon went viral, with many lauding the prime minister for her work. According to The Guardian, Ardern has drawn global praise from the World Health Organization for her government’s approach towards the infectious disease.
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