New Zealand on Tuesday extended the nationwide state of emergency for a further seven days as efforts against the coronavirus pandemic continue.

“On the advice of the Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management and after consultation with the Prime Minister, I consider the State of National Emergency should remain in place to support the COVID-19 response,” said Peeni Henare, minister of Civil Defence.

“As we enter the fourth week under a State of National Emergency I would like to thank all New Zealanders for their commitment to helping us break the chain of transmission of the virus,” Henare said

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