26 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: NZ wakes up to life in lockdown

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 26 March 2020

New Zealand is waking up to a morning like no other in its history - people are confined to their homes, everything but essential services are shut.

The Prime Minister's expectation of what people should do is clear.

The lockdown took effect at midnight.

We are not alone. New figures out suggest a quarter of the world is in lockdown.

Wherever you slept last night, that will be your bed for at least the next four weeks as the Government imposes stringent measures in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.

It has declared a state of emergency, giving it and civil defence sweeping powers to help enforce Alert Level Four.

Opposition leader Simon Bridges is backing the Government.

On Auckland's streets last night people were anxious about what lies ahead.