10 things you need to know today: October 17, 2020

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who drew widespread praise for her response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has won a second term. Results on Saturday with most votes counted showed that the prime minister’s Labour Party won 49 percent of the vote and looked set to score an outright majority of seats in Parliament, while the National Party won 27 percent of the vote. After Ardern implemented strick lockdown measures in March, New Zealand is seeing no community spread of COVID-19, and wearing masks and social distancing is no longer required. “Now more than ever is the time to keep going, to keep working, to grab hold of the opportunities that lay in front of us,” Ardern said on Saturday. [The Associated Press, Axios]

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