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Tēnā koe i tēnei ahiahi,

Welcome to the edge of self isolation. A chance to, in Sir Edmund Hillary's vernacular, knock the b@$tard (the virus)* off. A quick snapshot from today:
  • There are four known cases of community transmission, three in Auckland and one in the Wairarapa.
  • Tests have confirmed another 40 Covid-19 cases (we had 36 yesterday).
  • People have been getting carried away with stockpiling after the impending lockdown was announced.

Our Covid-19 podcast tackles the lockdown and how to talk to your children about the pandemic. You can get further involved by downloading our VoxPop app and sending an audio message.

You can also join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram or send me a message. Help us reach more New Zealanders by sharing the sign up for this newsletter.

Let's get pumping those legs and climb that mountain...

* We think b@$tard is a pretty reasonable description, we just didn't want this newsletter to end up in your spam filter due to "profanity."

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield

News snapshot

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern implored people to stay at home, saying it was how we would save lives.

She also promised to tighten up rules for returning travellers in the next few days. Most of New Zealand's confirmed cases have been in people returning from overseas or those connected to them

While discussing the four community transmission cases, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said six people were in hospital in a stable condition with Covid-19. Twelve people had fully recovered. The total tally of infections is 155.

After another bout of binge-buying, essential service providers re-iterated they have got us covered.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson said the Government was launching a $6.25 billion finance guarantee scheme, which would underwrite bank loans to small and medium businesses.

The US senate has struggled to reach agreement on a stimulus package, leaving the markets unimpressed.

President Donald Trump threw another U-turn, this time hinting he was looking at opening America up again after a two-week period. Something his chief medical officer disagrees with.

Trump's got a friend in Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has accused his political foes and the press of purposefully “tricking” citizens about the dangers of coronavirus. He's happy to wear a face mask though.

Helping hand

Still a bit confused about what is an essential service during lockdown? Read this. Or immerse yourself in the joys of the official Covid-19 website.

Home schooling, once the butt of many unfair jokes, is now all the rage. Here are some helpful tips.

We have had heaps of feedback to this newsletter, which has been grand. It's lovely to get your messages.

This piece is the direct result of a reader getting in touch to detail his family's plight. I'll paraphrase it for you: think of others before you do something stupid and pass the virus on.

Or in the word's of her majesty's imposter on Twitter: OK. One is not sure what part of “stay at home” you morons don’t understand, but if one sees you out walking in a group one will have you bayoneted.
Don't mess with the real Queen either

Neigh a bad thing

As we attempt to ease into self isolation there is likely to be a rising amount of horsing around. Here's a perfect example.

We welcome video of your efforts but, remember, you now have to do it in the safety of your own home. Apologies, dad joke.

Danny DeVito, teller of jokes, some better than mine, others, well... has a very simple message: Don't kill me.

Comic genius comes in many forms. And I'm not underselling this particular video, which is likely the surreal masterpiece of this madness.

Not a comedy gem but very soothing is my daughter reading children's books, something she decided to do to help little people chill. Today she whizzes through that classic, The Gruffalo.
You can keep helping people by sending me your music tracks for our RNZ fans' Covid-19 pick-me-up Spotify playlist. Not wordy at all.

Don't shop like there is no tomorrow. Remember, this is a climb not a sprint. Kia Kaha. 
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