The Health Ministry expects District Health Boards to have tailored plans within days for helping GP’s on the frontline in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak; the New Zealand and Australian markets are likely to be down today.
1.Share markets around the world are recording some of their biggest falls in decades, as the impact of the coronavirus and President Donald Trump’s travel ban hit hard.
2.The New Zealand and Australian markets are likely to be down today. Westpac Market Strategist, Imre Speizer told Morning Report, local markets will follow what’s happening overseas.
3.The Health Ministry expects District Health Boards to have tailored plans within days for helping GP’s on the frontline in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak. The Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, says all DHBs are working on arrangements to support healthline and primary health care providers.
4.Principal’s say parents are being left out of pocket as the Covid-19 outbreak forces schools to cancel trips overseas. The Auckland Secondary Principals’ Association, says many schools struggled to decide what to do about trips leaving in the next month or two.
5.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie are in self-isolation after she came down with flu-like symptoms, according to an official statement on today. The 48-year-old Liberal leader is exhibiting no symptoms and will continue to work from home until the results of his wife’s coronavirus test comes in, the statement said.
6.In Britain, the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty says there could be as many as 10,000 people infected with Covid-19. The official number of confirmed cases is just 590 but Dr Whitty says he expects the true figure is much higher.
7.A spokesperson for the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, says in many ways today is a normal day for people attending Friday prayers. Tony Green, says the idea of a memorial for the March 15th terror attack doesn’t fit in with Islam.
8.Christchurch’s Mayor, Lianne Dalziel says the country’s response to the mosque shootings setted apart from the rest of the world. Dalziel says it’s hard to believe a year has passed since the tragedy.
9.Fishers and swimmers are being told to stay away from Titahi Beach because the water is polluted and unsafe.
10.India’s Road Minister Nitin Gadkari has told Parliament, he favours the introduction of pink buses for women in the country’s larger cities.