Covid-19: Chris Hipkins says Taiwan ‘is not itself authoritarian’ after making claim about mask use

Minister for Covid Response Chris Hipkins has clarified his claim that Taiwan’s “authoritarian approach” meant the nation required widespread mask wearing earlier than New Zealand.

Hipkins, appearing on RNZ’s Morning Report on Tuesday, was asked about the Cabinet’s decision to require masks on planes and public transport in Auckland, and why the decision came months after the move was first advised by experts.…

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