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Watch: Prime Minister speaks as State of Emergency declared due to Covid-19

Mar 25, 2020
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she has one simple message for New Zealanders on the eve of an unprecedented lockdown – ‘stay home’.

“It will break the chain of transmission and it will save lives,” she said.

“You are not alone, you will hear us and see us daily, as we guide New Zealand through this period. It won’t always be perfect, but the principle of what we’re doing is the right one.”
Mar 25, 2020 3:19 PM RNZ Live, the Prime Minister said,

  • People will need to go to their jobs at supermarkets and essential facilities and police will be moving around the country and they will be able to talk to people and ask them about their activities – they will be able to take other actions if needed

    Ardern says quarantine facilities such as Whangaparoa will be used for quarantine, also identifying those hotels that are appropriate and available
    Mar 25, 2020 3:16 PM
    RNZ Live
    Ardern says the government now had all of the legislative and other tools it needed to combat the spread of the coronavirus, and Civil Defence controllers now had power to take the actions they needed to to protect the country.
    Mar 25, 2020 3:14 PM
    RNZ Live
    Ardern says New Zealand is prepared for up to 10,000 Kiwis to return to the country over the lock-down.

Approved quarantine facilities will predominately be motels and hotels.

Mar 25, 2020 3:13 PM
RNZ Live
On essential services Ardern says the rules may need to be amended, but if in doubt you should be closed, this is our best shot at success, now is not the time to be relaxed or flexible
Mar 25, 2020 3:09 PM
RNZ Live
Ardern says border security will be stepped up. Everyone arriving in NZ will be screened. Those displaying symptoms of Covid-19 will be tested and put in isolation in an approved facility. The same goes for those who have nowhere to self-isolate or no ability to get home while maintaining isolation.

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