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Coronavirus: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Update on Covid-19 Pandemic

Mar 24, 2020
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is speaking this afternoon after putting the country on alert yesterday for a lockdown to combat the spread of Covid-19. During a media conference this afternoon.

The Ministry of Business and Innovation could not confirm if businesses such as The Warehouse could claim to be essential businesses and open during the lockdown.

At 11.59pm on Wednesday, the country will go into full lockdown as New Zealand moves to Covid-19 alert level four.

Supermarkets, pharmacies and service stations will all be open throughout the level-four period.

“There will be an ongoing supply of food and essential supplies,” said MBIE spokesperson Paul Stocks.

But he said if you are not sure if you are an essential business, “you are probably not”.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said there were 40 new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 155.

There have also been four cases of community transmission, three in Auckland and one in Wairarapa.
Watch the live update below:

Grant Robertson – Retail banks have agreed to a mortage holiday repayment scheme for those affected by Covid-19.

Parliament is going to sit tomorrow – PM Ardern.

People can drive locally to places like the supermarket to get groceries, other than that she’s encouraging people to stay inside as much as possible.

Prime Minister is reiterating people can go outside for a walk/exercise, but those people must remain two metres away from anyone they’re not in isolation with.

If you are not an essential worker who try to go to work – you are literally putting people at risk – Prime Minister.

The underlying principle of alert level four is to bring contact down between people to the bare minimum, that means people outside the essential services need to stay home – Prime Minister Ardern.

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