17 Aug 2020

As it happened: Covid-19 updates for 17 August

7:42 pm on 17 August 2020

Look back on what happened today with RNZ's live blog, with the prime minister postponing the election date, new cases of community transmission reported, and a new wage subsidy scheme approved.

The Education Ministry also told Auckland schools they will be allowed to let some Year 12 and 13 children return to class.

The ministry said students will need to observe physical distancing and stay in bubbles of no more than 20 with one teacher.

The change follows teacher and principal fears that Auckland students would fall behind during the city's level 3 lockdown.

Look back at what happened during the day here:

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