12 May 2020

Live Covid-19 updates from New Zealand and around the world on 12 May

5:48 pm on 12 May 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.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today said the rule of allowing just 10 people at a funeral was about whether people are coming together to be with others.

"The thing that I have found as a human to be the hardest thing in all of this is funerals and tangihanga ... equally we're doing the same thing for every area and life events," Ardern said.

"We've tried to be really consistent."

Ardern said this is intended to be a short period and is based on the advice of the Ministry of Health.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said it is intended to ensure New Zealand continues to be safe.

Ardern said the Cabinet considered an exemption to tangi and funerals but found it too difficult to be able to carve out rules and exemptions around that.

"That's why we've used equally across the board the rule of 10."

  • 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

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