Non-Compliance of Alert 4 Rules leads to fines and jail term

Non-Compliance of Alert 4 Rules leads to fines and jail term

Dunedin, New Zealand, March 25, 2020 As New Zealand goes into lockdown, authorities have new powers to make sure people obey the rules From midnight on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, New Zealand will go into lockdown for four weeks, with only essential services like supermarkets and pharmacies remaining open. Police and medical officials already have legal powers under existing laws to fine people…

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New Zealand Shutdown imperative to contain the pandemic

New Zealand Shutdown imperative to contain the pandemic

Alexander Gillespie Hamilton, New Zealand, March 25, 2020 Overjoyed. That is not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that was how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just felt a huge sense of relief. That New Zealand would have…

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Tuberculosis fight should continue with Covid-19

Tuberculosis fight should continue with Covid-19

WHO, Geneva, March 24, 2020 As the world comes together to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to ensure that essential services and operations for dealing with long-standing health problems continue to  protect the lives of people with TB and  other diseases or health conditions. Health services, including national programmes to combat TB, need to be actively engaged in…

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New Zealand Restaurants unclear of lockdown regulations

New Zealand Restaurants unclear of lockdown regulations

Liu Chen   Wellington, March 24, 2020 Restaurants are crying out for clarity on government restrictions and essential services as the deadline for the unprecedented nation-wide shut down fast approaches. The government has asked all bars, restaurants and cafes to close, and for takeaway services to follow suit when the alert system moves to level four at midnight tomorrow (1159 pm…

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Reserve Bank of New Zealand to buy $30 billion government bonds

Reserve Bank to by  billion government bonds

Wellington, March 24, 2020 The Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) has decided to implement a Large Scale Asset Purchase Programme (LSAP) of New Zealand Government Bonds. The negative economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak have continued to intensify. The Committee agreed that further monetary stimulus is needed to meet its inflation and employment objectives.…

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Mortgage holiday, Business Guarantee Scheme announced

Mortgage holiday, Business Guarantee Scheme announced

Government provides $6.25 billon in new package Staff Reporter (Indian Newslink), March 24, 2020 The Government, Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) and retail banks have announced a major financial support package for homeowners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME…

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Essential services that may remain open at Alert 4

Essential services that can remain open at Alert 4

Venkat Raman Auckland, March 24, 2020 Dairies, superettes, supermarkets, garages performing automotive repairs, tyre repairers, vehicle testing stations issuing Warrant of Fitness are among the entities that may be allowed to operate after the country moves into Alert Level 4 at 1159 pm tomorrow (Wednesday, March 24, 2020) if they meet the criteria specified for ‘Essential Businesses.’ The above are…

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