State of Emergency declared in New Zealand

State of Emergency declared in New Zealand


Covid-19:
State Of 


Emergency declared in 



New Zealand


Prime
Minister speaks as State of Emergency declared due to Covid-19


Radio New Zealand,

26
March, 2020

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New
Zealand is now in a State of National Emergency, after 50 new cases
of the Covid-19 coronavirus were confirmed today, bringing the total
to 205.

Government
officials have given an update on the the Covid-19 national response,
the latest health update, border issues and an essential services
update.

Director
General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said there were now 205
confirmed and probably cases, and there had been a total of 9780
tests undertaken so far.

Eight
people who arrived in Auckland airport yesterday tested positive for
Covid-19.

Dr
Bloomfield said there were five confirmed cases “within the
community in one school” – Marist School in the Auckland suburb
of Mount Albert. The school has been closed all week and all students
and staff are in isolation and being treated as close contacts.

A
number of staff are being tested as they are presenting with
symptoms.

Six
people are in hospital throughout the country. All are in a stable
condition, none of them are in ICU. Three of those people are in
Wellington hospital.

There
are now four cases of community transmission in New Zealand, and more
being investigated. Dr Bloomfield said the clusters of cases in the
school and Hereford cattle conference could be considered community
transmission

Dr
Bloomfield said he expected the numbers to increase for at least the
next 10 days.

The
country is preparing to go into a full lockdown for alert level 4
from 11.59pm tonight, for a minimum of four weeks.

Civil
Defence Emergency Management director general Sarah Stuart-Black said
a state of national emergency was declared at 12.21pm, and applied to
all of New Zealand – including the Chatham Islands, Stewart Island
and other inhabited islands.

A
nationwide mobile alert will be issued to all New Zealanders between
6-7pm tonight.

The
State of Emergency legislation allows it to be in place for seven
days and can be extended, said Stuart Black.

In
a state of emergency, authorities will have powers that are not
normally available to them, such as the possibility of military
patrols.

She
said there would be no tolerance for people who do not self isolate.

Dr
Bloomfield said police would announce either later today or tomorrow
what the consequences for people flouting the self isolation rules
would be.

But
he said people who go hunting or get into situations where they might
need rescuing were taking people from the front line in the fight
against Covid-19.



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