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  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    New Zealand, Australia struggle with new coronavirus outbreaks

    New Zealand reported 7 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 over the previous 24 hours, as a lockdown in the country’s biggest city, Auckland, was extended yesterday in response to the country’s first coronavirus outbreak in months. The new cases bring New Zealand’s total infections since the beginning of the outbreak to 1258; the number of currently active cases stands at…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    NZ Covid-19 oubreak spread beyond Auckland with 12 new confirmed cases

    In a major blow to New Zealand’s efforts to contain Covid-19, health officials there announced today that the resurgent coronavirus outbreak has spread beyond Auckland, its largest city. Health Minister Chris Hipkins said there were 12 confirmed cases of local transmission and 1 probable, following the shock reemergence of the virus in Auckland on Tuesday. He said 2 of the…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    New Zealand surprised by 4 new confirmed Covid-19 local transmissions

    Its first Covid-19 new cases in 3 months has New Zealand reeling and Auckland, its biggest city, back on lockdown. The country went 102 days without a local transmission, until late yesterday with the announcement that 4 new cases were found in an Auckland household. A further 4 probable cases were identified today. Authorities are trying to stop spread to…

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    Covid-19 documentary to feature Thailand and New Zealand as success stories

    Thailand and New Zealand have been chosen by the World Health Organization as successful models to be featured in a documentary about handling and stemming the spread of Covid-19 . A WHO official in Thailand confirmed to the Bangkok Post that the documentary is in production. No further details of the project have been revealed. The National Institute of Health’s…

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    New Zealand’s health minister resigns over Covid-19 ‘mistakes’

    New Zealand’s health minister has handed in his resignation after receiving a backlash over his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and allegedly committing a series of “personal mistakes”. Personal mistakes, as in he allegedly broke the law twice – once by riding a mountain bike outside his home in Dunedin and then another time by travelling about 20 kilometres to…

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    Hundreds of Thais stranded in New Zealand, denied boarding without documentation

    A Facebook post from a Thai Airways aircrew says hundreds of desperate Thais are trapped in New Zealand, denied boarding on a Bangkok-bound flight as they couldn’t provide the mandatory “fit-to-fly” letter now required of Thai nationals, and proof of residency once in Thailand. Aaron Puranasamriddhi (known online as Krissanarat) called on the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand to sort…

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    New Zealand announces tougher gun laws after mosque massacre

    PHOTO: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern – TVNZ “Under the new legislation, a registry will be set up that is designed to track ownership of every legally owned firearm in the country.” New Zealand legislators have unveiled new laws aimed at ensuring only “fit and proper” people can own guns in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks that killed…