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Tēnā koe i tēnei ahiahi,


We’re back. With so much happening today we couldn’t let you down. Who needs an afternoon walk anyway? 

Here’s a quick synopsis (Annette Atkins specifically asked for this, so I can’t say no):

  • Community transmission of Covid-19 is likely to have occurred. 
  • 13 new cases were confirmed. 
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation, announcing a new alert system and asking people to take further precautions.

We’ll keep updating you throughout the weekend at rnz.co.nz and on-air.

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Let’s jump on today’s Covid-19 rollercoaster...

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director General of Health David Bloomfield.

News snapshot


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a four-level Covid-19 alert system and asked people to stop non-essential travel in New Zealand.

She also warned all people over 70 or who have compromised immunity should stay at home.

It followed Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield saying there were 13 more cases and community transmission could no longer be ruled out

The Government’s latest moves, however, had experts divided about whether it was moving quickly enough, one saying that Covid-19 was being underestimated

Authorities in the Pacific are equally worried as the virus continues to spread. 

In the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered pubs, clubs and restaurants to close. Workers would be paid via an unprecedented Government scheme to try to prevent mass job losses.

US President Donald Trump again vented his spleen, this time attacking a journalist for simply questioning him about a potential treatment.

Meanwhile, 40 million Californians woke up to life under lockdown

A world away in China, some life is getting back to normal. It lifts the heart. 
 

Helping hand


Here’s a quick guide to how the Covid-19 warning system works. Straight on the fridge it goes. 

Not quite so helpful but less depressing is the stars of Shaun of the Dead, yes, the Zombie movie, reprising this scene but with Covid-19 as the monster.

Get your dance moves ready


In our house, if we’re feeling a bit like a pick-me-up, on goes the speaker and out come the fake microphones and dad dance moves (speaking for myself of course).

The time is ripe (my daughter just put her head in her hands).

One of our favourite tracks, it never fails to get the room jumping, is this disco classic from The Trammps. It’s seven plus minutes of pure joy. You’re welcome.

Thank me by sending me your favourite mood lifting tune. Kia Kaha. 
 
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