New Zealand declares emergency
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 30, 2020,
Mar 30, 2020, 0:27
"Act like you have Covid-19".
"Basically, we are very keen that you stay home - that you stay within what we call your bubble, the bubble of people that you will be with for the next four weeks", she explained to an audience that has reached 3, 5 million views so far.
The country's Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield warned the number of coronavirus cases would "continue to increase for at least 10 days, before turning around". A record 50 new cases were confirmed today.
As Covid-19 spreads around the world, it can be daunting keeping up with the information. The same goes for those who have nowhere to self-isolate or no ability to get home while maintaining isolation.
114,694 are said to have recovered from the virus.
Eight people who flew in to Auckland Airport yesterday had tested positive for Covid-19, and Ardern has said she was looking at quarantining people arriving into the country. They will ask people about their activities. For RNZ, our responsibility is to give you verified, up to the minute, trustworthy information to help you make decisions about your lives and your health.
"People shouldn't be afraid of that".
If someone was driving to a dog park they might be stopped by the police for an explanation, Ardern said.
Those two measures have granted the government powers unseen in New Zealand since the 1951 Waterfront Dispute, a five-month industrial barney involving tens of thousands of workers.
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I think there's a recognition of that there's a lot of unknowns, so there's a lot of really cool conversations about suggestions. Major League Baseball will continue to undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts.
'I wouldn't expect us to see a slowdown any sooner than ten to 12 days...
She stressed the need for people to limit close contact with others. The country would have a lag and cases will spike for the next week or so, she added. "Stay at home. That is the simplest way to save lives".
Of New Zealand's 205 cases to date, just six require hospital treatment and none are in intensive care.
People should walk only with people from within their own bubble.
The package supports services that ensure people have access to food and other necessities to make sure they survive and provide people a place to live. Only thereafter the authorities will begin to know how successful they have been, Jacinda emphasized.
She told residents that the number of people infected would rise, possibly by thousands.
She said it had been a remarkable feat to keep the streets empty. The nature of cases was also important, including how widespread community transmission is.
Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management Sarah Stuart-Black said Kiwis pull through by calling on memories of varied tragedies and emergencies over the next month.
This now meant the Government had all the enforcement powers it needed to fight the spread of Covid-19.