New Zealand reports 47 new cases of coronavirus – government declares state of national emergency


NZ COVID-19 cases climbing rapidly despite all the measures so far 

NZ last had a state of emergency following the horrific Canterbury earthquake

The declaration gives extra powers to the national government, including:

  • the ability to restrict access to roads and public places
  • remove or secure dangerous structures or materials
  • provide rescue, first aid, food and shelter 
  • regulate traffic
  • conserve essential supplies
  • dispose of fatalities, including people or animals who have died
  • enter or evacuate premises to rescue and save people
  • remove vehicles
  • requisition equipment and materials

Not all of those are relevant in this case. 

more to come  


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