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Tēnā koe i tēnei ahiahi,

Welcome to RNZ's dedicated Covid-19 newsletter. We hope you, your family and friends are well.

Each weekday at about 5.30pm you'll get an update from us highlighting not only the big Covid-19 news, but some things to make you smile, think and put into use.

We're here to give you verified, up to the minute, trustworthy information to help you make decisions about your lives and health. Our aim is to keep you informed but also to show we care too. We're in this together. 

If you want to get in touch or ask a question send me your feedback or join the conversation on FacebookTwitter or Instagram. You can also download our VoxPop app to send us an audio message.

So, let's getting going with today's many events.

News snapshot


Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced a $12.1 billion economic rescue package, saying it was the “most significant peace-time economic plan” in New Zealand's modern history.

The funding pledge came shortly before the Health Ministry announced three new Covid-19 cases, all in people returning from overseas.

It was another rollercoaster, mostly downhill, day on international sharemarkets, with an emergency meeting of the G7 group promising to work together to shore up the world's economy and coordinate the medical response, including the supply of any potential vaccine.

Countries also united in their efforts to close more borders and ordered people to stay at home. French President Emmanuel Macron announced an enforced lockdown, saying: "We're in a health war".

Meanwhile US President Donald Trump started taking the pandemic seriously, telling Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

Here Health Minister David Clark said the Government would deport tourists flouting the self-isolation requirements. How that's possible when the rest of the world may have its doors shut remains to be seen.

Elsewhere in NZ, Fieldays announced it was postponing; Air NZ said it was likely to cut its workforce by 30 per cent and, unsurprisingly, consumer confidence has taken a hit.

However, there is one group who are blissfully unaware of everything - the competitors in Germany's Big Brother house, most of whom have had no contact with the outside world since February 6. They are living in a different time.

A helping hand


Wellington-based clinical psychologist Karen Nimmo has penned this great guide to dealing with Covid-19 related anxiety and how, generally, to be a good egg.

While Anna Rawhiti-Connell suggests embracing how we feel, which is certainly better advice than embracing each other.

And, below, as The Community Unity Project Aotearoa says: "A sweet thing to print off and share around your neighbours".
 

The heartfelt and, well, Arnie 

A US man determined to celebrate his 67th wedding anniversary had to sit outside his wife's nursing home with a sign to mark the occasion thanks to Covid-19.

While Arnold Schwarzenegger and his tiny horses urged people to stay at home. Yes, you read that right.

I'll be back tomorrow. Keep washing those hands and sneezing into your elbow. Kia kaha.

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