26 Apr 2020

As it happened: Covid-19 updates from NZ and around the world on 26 April

4:35 pm on 26 April 2020

Police are urging people to stick with the level 4 lockdown laws for another day.

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Towns and cities across the country appear busier than they have been over the past four weeks.

The nation moves to alert level 3 from 11.59pm tomorrow.

Police found 293 people breaching lockdown on Saturday, and say while the vast majority of people are obeying the rules, some are not.

A police spokesperson said people cannot get complacent.

Police said they are taking an education-first approach to breaches, but will not hesitate to take enforcement action, either through warnings or arrests, for any serious or persistent breaches.

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster earlier said that police would be visible around popular beaches this weekend and would remain visible under alert level 3.

Yesterday, the lockdown meant New Zealanders had to commemorate Anzac Day in a different way, with many standing at their driveways at dawn to honour those who died in war.

Today, deaths worldwide from the coronavirus has passed 200,000, with Britain becoming the fifth country with more than 20,000 deaths.

In New Zealand, the combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand was updated today to 1470, an increase of nine. Deaths remained at 18 and 1142 people were reported as recovered.

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