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New Zealand COVID-19 minister’s blunder makes people laugh amid crisis – National – .


Call it a slip of the tongue.

New Zealand COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins put his foot in his mouth at a press conference on Sunday, telling citizens of the country to socially distance themselves when they step outside and “spread their legs In the midst of the pandemic.

“It’s a challenge for people living in high density areas to go out and spread their legs when surrounded by other people,” he said.

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Her sexually suggestive blunder raised New Zealand’s director general of health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, who stood next to Hipkins during the briefing. Hipkins face seemed to turn pink when he realized he had spoken badly.

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Hipkins later laughed and said he would go “stretch his legs” – the phrase he really meant – and added that he knew the media would “all have fun with him later”.

Indeed, New Zealand citizens made fun of the minister on social networks, and the hashtag “#Spread your legsWas trending on Twitter after the conference.

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Someone even trolled the government with a tongue-in-cheek campaign proposal:

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The minister’s blunder was reminiscent of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s own COVID-19 blunder in April 2020: “Speak with humility”.

Despite the lightness, New Zealand is currently on lockdown nationwide following an outbreak of the Delta variant. The country has recorded 26 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

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