The opposition party of New Zealand has all election campaigns suspended ing in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, stating that the priority was now to support and work with the government in emergency efforts to crack down on the spread of the virus.
“I offered my full support to the Prime Minister during this crisis, provided they move quickly enough. We will work solidly and constructively in the interest of New Zealanders, “said National Party leader Simon Bridges in a statement.
“I also offered the services of our parliamentarians and staff to the government to assist where we can.
“We want to do everything we can to protect the lives and livelihoods of New Zealanders.”
Bridges said he was “inundated” with calls from doctors, scientists and health professionals, and he firmly believed that the country should be moved to alarm level 4 – a total shutdown, as seen in Italy, France and Spain. Bridges had expressed this message to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
“We will not regret moving quickly to stop the spread of this virus. We may have regrets if we don’t.
“We will support the government where we can. But we will not always agree and will continue to let the government know when we don’t.
“The opposition will continue to play an important role in ensuring that the best decisions are made in the interest of all New Zealanders. We will not be campaigning for the foreseeable future, however. “
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In New Zealand, the director general of health, dr. Ashley Bloomfield said there were 36 new coronavirus cases registered by 8 am this morning, bringing the country’s total to 102 cases.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will hold a press conference in 30 minutes and reveal more about the nation’s level of alert.
Dr. Bloomfield suggested that the country could level up, as two cases of the virus had not been ruled out as a community broadcast. There are four alert levels in New Zealand and the country is currently at level 2 – containing the virus. The fourth level would mean the closure of the whole country, except for health and essential services.
“Of the cases today more than half are directly related to travel abroad, most of the rest are close contacts of a previously confirmed case or associated with an event where confirmed cases such as the Queenstown World Hereford Cattle conference have occurred”, said dr. Bloomfield.
“Over 1,100 laboratory tests were performed yesterday, bringing the total number of completed tests to over 7400.”
“Most of our cases still come from people who have traveled to New Zealand from abroad.”
Australian market plunged more than 8% on Monday morning due to uncertainty over the effects of a closure of hospitality and entertainment operators announced by the prime minister Scott Morrison Sunday evening.
Monday’s losses add up to over a month of coronavirus-inspired sales that have already cut Australian stocks by a third.
Before the market opened, gambling company Tabcorp stated that its totalizator outlets and field bets, which are to be closed, accounted for approximately 28% of its revenue.
With this money now destined to be ripped off, the company said it has withdrawn its previous profit guide.
A number of companies have temporarily suspended trading of their shares to give them time to respond to new restrictions, including Star Entertainment, which operates the Sydney casino, and the Retail Food Group, which is the fast food franchisee including Gloria Jean cafes and pizzerias joints Pizza Capers and Crust.
Village Roadshow said it was closing the Gold Coast Warner Bros. movie world, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild and Paradise Country theme parks, but Sea World would remain open because it has a hotel.
Virgin Australia, which together with rival Qantas has already cut flights due to travel restrictions, said it “expected a material reduction in its internal capacity following” new travel bans announced by state and federal authorities in weekend.
Nearly one in three Americans has been ordered to stay home