Surge of interest in 'move to NZ' searches from US during fiery Trump, Biden debate

A surge in Google searches from some US states shows a trend of people interested in moving to New Zealand.

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Data from Google reveals a significant increase in people search the words "move to New Zealand" on Google from the US today, as presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden sparred in their first televised debate.

It was searched more times in the two-hour period of the debate than at any other point within the last week.

In particular, the hottest interest is seen to come from Hawaii, Oregon and Colorado.

As well as the presidential debate, the US has been grappling with Covid-19 outbreaks across the country.

Google data shows a surge in 'move to New Zealand' searches from the US on Sept 30

US Government data shows the Hawaii population of 1.4 million has had 12,1290 cases of Covid-19 and 134 deaths.

With a population of just over 4 million, Oregon, as well as battling wildfires, has also registered 33,297 cases of Covid-19 and 555 deaths.

Colorado, a state with almost 6 million people has had 70,123 positive cases of the virus and 2053 deaths.

In comparison, New Zealand has a population of around 5 million, 1480 confirmed cases and 25 deaths.

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It comes as the worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million yesterday.