NZ's Ardern says budget to focus on creating jobs, stimulating economy

Live Covid-19 updates from New Zealand and around the world for 12 May

Live Covid-19 updates from New Zealand and around the world for 12 May

Two people are receiving hospital treatment, but neither is in ICU, Bloomfield said.

"We've reached the milestone of more than 200,000 tests which is just over 4% of the population", Bloomfield said.

"We can't afford to give away the progress we've made".

Our four-legged friends need to abide by the same rule as humans, Dr Ashley Bloomfield confirmed.

There are again no new cases of Covid-19 ahead of New Zealand moving to alert level 2 tomorrow and the Government has signaled a "solution" to concerns about limits on funerals will be announced today.

Bars will also reopen on 21 May, although they are deemed "high-risk" by the director-general of health.

She said while there will still be restrictions, she was confident there will be a positive resolution.

The Prime Minister says discussions are underway with church leaders, funeral directors, and iwi leaders to see if they can find a way to satisfy the legitimate health concerns.

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Alexander said as the hearing opened that "what our country has done so far in testing is impressive , but not almost enough". On Monday, the president said that the USA "leads the world" after completing 9 million coronavirus tests .

"Funerals are exceptional events and have been one of the most hard areas of restriction that we've considered as we try to avoid the double tragedy of losing a loved one and spreading the virus", Health Minister David Clark said.

Confronted with heartbreaking stories of New Zealanders eager to lay their loved ones to rest, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has backtracked and lifted a 10-person cap for funerals to 50.

"The coming months and years will be some of the most challenging our country has faced in a very, very long time", Ardern says. She said that the budget 2020 will look to accelerate employment, empower businesses, and stimulate economy.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern explained that the nation is about to enter a very tough winter.

As Covid-19 spreads around the world, it can be daunting keeping up with the information.

While her political opponents have sought to paint themselves as the more stable pair of hands to preserve jobs, Ardern promised "a jobs budget" on Thursday.

"If anything, the last few months have shown us that, united, we are a formidable force and if we channel that energy into a goal, collectively, we are stronger for it".

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