Up to 100,000 foreigners could be seeking to leave the country in coming weeks, now the Government has relaxed domestic travel restrictions for them; and the Opposition says the Government should be more generous with its wage in business subsidies to help companies survive the shutdown.
1.Up to 100,000 foreigners could be seeking to leave the country in coming weeks, now the Government has relaxed domestic travel restrictions for them. Germany and Britain are in talks with the Government about repatriation flights.
2.A malaria drug touted by US President Donald Trump as a game-changer in the fight against Covid-19, has been in high demand in New Zealand and that’s led PHARMAC to put restrictions on its use.
3.A top epidemiologist is telling people to wear surgical masks if they can get them during the pandemic but insists full filter masks be reserved for health workers only. The Health Ministry is keeping a close watch on an American review into whether the wide use of masks could reduce the spread of Covid-19.
4.The Opposition says the Government should be more generous with its wage in business subsidies to help companies survive the shutdown. The National Party’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith, says the main priority should be to get out of lockdown as soon as possible due to its massive social and economic consequences.
5.The former Chief Science Advisor says the Government should look to use mobile technology to alert people if they’ve been in contact with a person confirmed with Covid-19. Sir Peter Gluckman told Morning Report, evidence in other countries shows technology has been successful in finding and reaching those who’ve been in contact.
6.In losing almost 1,000 people to Covid-19 in 24 hours. Spain has recorded the highest single-day death toll anywhere in the world.
7.A decision to allow suburban butchers to process pork but not sell it to the public has been called illogical. The Government says the risk of spreading Covid-19 is still too great to allow retail butcheries to open.
8.Charities are feeling the financial pinch. The Pub Charity gives out tens of millions of dollars in community grants each year but its business model has come to a complete stop. It has no revenue because bars and clubs are not operating and there is no money going through gaming machines.