1 May 2020

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

5:26 pm on 1 May 2020

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has warned New Zealanders not to hold parties at home during level 3, as the Covid-19 coronavirus can spread easily at such events.

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Speaking at a media conference this afternoon, Robertson said most New Zealanders were doing the right thing, but there had been an increase in reports about parties in residential houses.

Robertson warned those making plans for the weekend to cancel them now, as the virus had proven it will spread easily at events like these.

He said police would have a "dim view" on this kind of activity.

"Don't be an idiot, stick to your bubble and everyone will be better off."

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