Live coronavirus updates: The latest Covid-19 developments in NZ and around the world

Live coronavirus updates: The latest Covid-19 developments in NZ and around the world

As Covid-19 spreads around the world, it can be daunting keeping up with the information. For RNZ, our responsibility is to give you verified, up to the minute, trustworthy information to help you make decisions about your lives and your health. We’ll also be asking questions of officials and decision makers about how they’re responding to the virus. Our aim is to keep you informed.

The NZ government has revealed details of a $12.1b rescue package, describing it as “the most significant peace-time economic plan in modern NZ history”.

Businesses will receive the lion’s share of the economic rescue package – worth four percent of GDP – as New Zealand responds to the Covid-19 crisis.

In total, $8.7b will go to support businesses and jobs; $2.8b will be for income support and boosting consumer spending; and $500 million will be spent on health.

In other news, Air NZ has significantly cut flights to and from Australia until the end of June. The airline said Tasman capacity will reduce by 80 percent over this period overall.

It’s concentrating on flights to and from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with daily flights from Auckland, while Wellington and Christchurch will have only two return services a week to Sydney. All other services to Australia, and all international flights to and from Queenstown, are being suspended.

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs)

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