New Zealand reports 47 new cases of coronavirus - government declares state of national emergency

Author: Eamonn Sheridan | Category: News

NZ COVID-19 cases climbing rapidly despite all the measures so far 

NZ last had a state of emergency following the horrific Canterbury earthquake

National State Of Emergency will last 7 days (may be extended …. IMO likely will be) 

The declaration gives extra powers to the national government, including:
  • the ability to restrict access to roads and public places
  • remove or secure dangerous structures or materials
  • provide rescue, first aid, food and shelter 
  • regulate traffic
  • conserve essential supplies
  • dispose of fatalities, including people or animals who have died
  • enter or evacuate premises to rescue and save people
  • remove vehicles
  • requisition equipment and materials
Not all of those are relevant in this case. 

NZ 47 new cases today and 2 suspected
  • total to 205
The lock down will intensify. Includes:
  • All non-essential businesses must close (eg. bars, restaurants, cinemas, playgrounds)
  • Essential services will remain open
  • All indoor and outdoor events are banned
  • Schools will close
  • Supermarkets, pharmacies will remain open
  • Government to freeze rent increases 
  • Wage subsidy cap lifted 


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