Covid-19: State of Emergency declared in New Zealand

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The number of confirmed cases worldwide has now surpassed 424,000 while the death toll is almost 19,000 and over 109,100 have recovered, according to data compiled by the US -based Johns Hopkins University.

There are now six people in hospital with Covid-19, all in a stable condition.

Central Park playground in Wellington has signs telling people not to use the playgrounds during a coronavirus nationwide lockdown.

Speakers at today's media conference include Director-General of Civil Defence Emergency Management Sarah Stuart-Black, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Immigration NZ national manager Peter Elms and MBIE deputy chief executive Paul Stocks.

There are now four cases of community transmission in New Zealand, and even though there is no conclusive evidence that the disease will become widespread, authorities can act in a pre-emptive way in response to a clear threat that comes with uncertainty in some areas.

"This [situation] will be, I know, adding a huge amount of anxiety to's also just taking a bit of breath, that we're just talking about hanging out at home".

The Minister for Civil Defence Peeni Henare announced the State of National Emergency. Eight people who arrived in Auckland airport yesterday tested positive for Covid-19.

"Each of you has a role in helping to save a life", she said.

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As the country prepares for the full lockdown, the New Zealand Prime Minister issued a dire warning to residents telling them to stay indoors and "act like you have COVID-19".

'We have emergency services available now, the police would have the powers necessary'.

The legislation allowed the state of emergency to remain in place for seven days, but this can be extended.

"We're hoping that people have heard the messages and understand how horrendous this could get".

New Zealand borders will be open for returning New Zealanders but all of them will be screened at their port of arrival, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.

A fresh 50 cases in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning has the country's overall tally at 205.

'There is a lag (between) the transmission and the manifestation of COVID-19 symptoms.

Ardern warned the restrictions will be strictly enforced.

Whangaparoa, the military base previously used to quarantine those New Zealanders flown home from the virus' previous centre in Wuhan, China, would be again used for incoming Kiwis.

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