The Governor of the Reserve Bank Adrian Orr, says it has plenty of ammunition left to support the economy and the financial system; and farmers say food produces are an essential service and there will be plenty of food available during the Covid-19 lockdown.
1.The Government will make an announcement on the further tightening up rules for return travelers in the next few days. The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Morning Report that will be her focus for the next 24 hours.
2.The Governor of the Reserve Bank Adrian Orr, says it has plenty of ammunition left to support the economy and the financial system. The central bank has slashed its benchmark interest rate and is pumping money into the economy and financial markets.
3.Employers are seeking clarity on whether their businesses are classified as essential services or if their staff need to go into lockdown. Only services deemed to be essential to keep the country going will continue to operate once the Covid-19 lockdown comes into force at 11:59 tomorrow night.
4.Farmers say food produces are an essential service and there will be plenty of food available during the Covid-19 lockdown. The pledge also covers dairy processes as well as orchardist and viticulturist.
5.Councils say they will maintain their essential services across New Zealand during the lockdown. That includes drinking and wastewater, rubbish collection and public transport for essential workers.
6.The head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating with cases present in almost every country.
7.Authorities in Italy say more than 600 people with the coronavirus have died in the last 24 hours. More than 6000 people have died in Italy nearly twice the death toll of China.
8.People living in crowded or small houses are worried about spending four weeks in lockdown.