New Zealand’ prime minister Jacinda Ardern has stated in a public address today that the country will go into lock down for four weeks starting 25 March to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
“These decisions will place the most significant restriction on New Zealanders’ movements in modern history, This is not a decision taken lightly. But this is our best chance to slow the virus and to save lives,” prime minister Ardern said,
“After 48h we will be moving to air travel only applying to the transport of people undertaking essential services and the transport of freight.”
On 20 March, Air New Zealand announced that the government has granted it a NZ$900 million ($510 million) standby loan facility.