Principals say few families are planning to send their children back to school next week; and restaurants are working out how they can turn themselves into takeaway and delivery service once the Covid-19 alert level 3 comes into force.
1.Police will be out in force this long weekend to ensure people aren’t flouting the alert level 4 restrictions. Much like Easter weekend, there will be an increased police presence around the country, including checkpoints along routes to popular holiday destinations.
2.She’s making grown men cry every day but a Covid-19 tester says the long shifts in sweltering PPE are making a difference. DHBs say they’ve been busy testing a lot more people with very minor Covid-19 symptoms since the prime minister put the call out last week to get tested even if you have a runny nose.
3.Principals say few families are planning to send their children back to school next week. Schools are reopening on Wednesday for students upto year 10 whose parents need to return to work.
4.A top epidemiologist says New Zealand should be considering the wider use of masks to continue to suppress the coronavirus. Otago University Professor Michael Baker is urging people not to be complacent about the current low new case numbers.
5.Women’s refuge says it took almost a month of lockdown before it received safety masks from District Health Boards. The Government announced a review of the distribution of protective gear DHBs to ensure it is getting frontline services.
6.Restaurants are working out how they can turn themselves into takeaway and delivery service once the Covid-19 alert level 3 comes into force. The Restaurant Association is working with the Government to make it clear to businesses exactly how the new rules will work.
7.More than 26 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits over the past five weeks, a record-breaking number revealing the devastating toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken on the economy.
8.A New Zealand scientist Professor Peter Tyler has created the compound which is now a front runner as a treatment option for Covid-19. Meanwhile a group of scientists have asked the Government for funding, so that when an antiviral treatment drug becomes available, New Zealand can manufacture it here.
9.A man will appear in Court in Melbourne this morning accused of fleeing the scene of a fatal collision that killed four police officers. The 41-year-old man turned himself into police and was charged with multiple offences.
10.An expert in sport and recreation says people getting more exercise during the lockdown are likely to be coping better. A survey indicates almost half of the New Zealand population have been exercising more than usual during alert level 4.