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Tēnā koe i tēnei ahiahi,

Welcome to day three of RNZ's dedicated Covid-19 newsletter. 

Quick recap:
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, trustworthy information to help you make decisions about your lives and health. We believe caring is sharing, but only from a suitable distance.

Tomorrow we're launching a new daily podcast focused on Covid-19. It needs your questions and thoughts. If you want to contribute, download our VoxPop app and send an audio message.

You can get in touch by joining the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram or send me a message. And help us reach more New Zealanders by sharing the sign up for this newsletter,

Off we go...

Jacinda Ardern

News snapshot

We kick off with some don'ts.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Kiwis not to panic, especially over rumours and misinformation (supermarkets may want to consider broadcasting this in a continuous loop over the toilet paper aisle).

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters followed up with a stern don't travel overseas warning, just in case you really had gone stir crazy already.

Not to stress you out, but there will be a media conference with the Prime Minister not long after this newsletter goes out, so keep an eye on for that.

Meanwhile, the Government tried to keep some wind beneath the wings of the aviation industry, detailing a $600m relief package. 

But don't get together to celebrate with 100 or more of your closest friends, as that's been banned.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another eight Covid-19 cases, taking the total to 28. These people have all returned from overseas.

Experts are warning measures to control the spread of Covid-19 could need to stay in place (on and off) for up to 18 months.

Overseas, Italy recorded a shocking daily death toll of 475, its worst yet. The British government announced it was closing all schools and US President Donald Trump invoked a rarely-used law. 

Some good news. We need some good news.

Back in Italy, a study conducted in the town of Vò has shown the decisive role asymptomatic people play in Covid-19's spread. Identifying and isolating them has helped stopped the virus in the town. It feels like a whoop is warranted!

Chinese authorities have also said a drug used in Japan to treat new strains of influenza appeared to be effective in patients.

Helping hand

I don't mean to be rude, but could you step further away... social distancing is headed for the Oxford Dictionary next year. If you want to be really good at it, click here.

If you're getting anxious about work, we've got your Covid-19 related questions covered.

Finally, in a literal interpretation of giving a hand, Scottish brewer BrewDog has begun making hand sanitiser at its distillery to help meet demand. New Zealand's brewers should take note.

Cat isolated in goal

I have avoided including cats in this newsletter so far, being a dog person and all.

But this is hard to go past. Actually, the cat is hard to go past.

Music lovers will no doubt be devastated to learn Eurovision has been cancelled. However, we have a challenge for you: make your own music video and email them to us. Help bring the nation some joy.

Till tomorrow. Kia Kaha.

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