21 Apr 2020

Covid-19: Live updates from New Zealand and around the world on 21 April

7:02 pm on 21 April 2020

As Covid-19 spreads around the world, it can be daunting keeping up with the information. For RNZ, our responsibility is to give you verified, up to the minute, trustworthy information to help you make decisions about your lives and your health. We'll also be asking questions of officials and decision makers about how they're responding to the virus. Our aim is to keep you informed.

Read back over the day's events for everything related to Covid-19 in New Zealand today.

The Medical Association, which represents doctors, said the government promised $22million to help GPs with the extra costs caused by the pandemic.

It said they had received half of that, and were told they would no longer be getting the rest.

The association said GPs were essential services on the frontline as well as small businesses which relied on cash flow.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the funding decision was part of an "ongoing conversation" between GPs and health authorities.

  • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP - don't show up at a medical centre

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