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Tēnā koe i tēnei ahiahi,

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

As a bit of a recap for newcomers (thanks so much for joining us), 
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. We're in this together.

To that end, on Friday 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 also 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,

Enough of the shameless promotion, let's see what's popped up today...

Jonathan McLeod

News snapshot

Come home. That's the message Kiwis like Jonathan McLeod, pictured above, have been given by Government officials.

He has been backpacking through Europe, outrunning Covid-19 and border restrictions. Now, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade urging New Zealanders travelling overseas to consider returning home as soon as possible, he's worried whether he'll make it.

The call came as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases rose by eight to 20, with Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield saying they were related to people returning from overseas.

Across the ditch, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a level four travel ban - a first. He says no Australians should travel abroad and has banned non-essential gatherings of more than 100 people.

The Queen is on the move, though not far. She's leaving Buckingham Palace for the calm of the bach at Windsor.

The financial markets found a more settled place today too, after Governments worldwide, following in New Zealand's lauded footsteps, pledged to prime the money pumps. 

And in a true twist of modern weirdness, the stars of Germany's version of reality show Big Brother got... a dose of reality. After being blissfully ignorant of Covid-19, the news was broken to them earlier today. One wise contestant said they were likely in the safest place.

Helping hand

First, a new Government site full of Covid-19 advice. One for the bookmarks. And don't forget our sensible pieces on self-isolation and how to stop touching your face.

If you're not sure how to speak to children about Covid-19, then give this a crack. If your phone is your most treasured possession, here's how to clean it so the virus doesn't ruin your call.

Finally, some sensible advice from comedian Mel Brooks and his son, Max, pictured below.

Penguins of Chicago

At RNZ we're big fans of the movie Penguins of Madagascar. Honestly, it's a much under-rated family classic. The escapades of Skipper, Private, Rico and Kowalski are a laugh-a-minute hoot. It's not surprising, then, that we were totally charmed by these real life penguins getting to roam free around their closed Chicago zoo. Don't stand as close together as the movie cast below. Till tomorrow. Kia Kaha.

Private, Kowalski, Skipper and Rico
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