No new cases of COVID-19 today

No new cases of COVID-19 today

No new cases of COVID-19 today

Air New Zealand said on Monday that it would launch more flights in level 2 - it said previously it would operate at about 20 per cent of its normal domestic capacity in level 2, compared with about 3 per cent now.

On allowing 100 people to go to the movies - but only allowing 10 people to attend a funeral, Ardern said the issue was people coming together.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield also reported no further deaths in the country today.

She had flagged the possibility of a phased move out of Level 3 then, saying the principle underpinning the Government's planning was to "play it safe". But the reality is that, when it comes to Covid-19, this is a government that has erred on the side of caution.

The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Kris Faafoi, has confirmed that bars and pubs will be able to open once New Zealand moves to COVID Alert Level 2 so long as they make sure they seat patrons and serve them food with their drinks.

On Monday 18 May, all children will be able to return to school, and on Thursday, 21 May, bars will be allowed to reopen.

"We must continue to behave as if the virus is still amongst us", Ardern cautioned.

"The upshot is that in 10 days' time, we would have reopened most businesses in New Zealand and sooner than many other countries around the world", she said.

New Zealand is current under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 restrictions, after the country was placed under full lockdown restrictions on March 26 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

General aviation - which included agricultural aviation, air operators, aircraft designers and manufacturers, maintenance, and aviation trainers - contributed more than $1 billion to the New Zealand economy a year, Nicholson said.

He discussed how hospital visits will work under alert level two restrictions.

Ardern said if case numbers were still low in a fortnight, restrictions on gathering numbers may be eased further.

"Level 2 means the disease is contained but the risk of community transmission still remains", he says. A lot of people are going to be spaced out'. This is 93 per cent of all confirmed and probable cases.

Ardern said the funding would help the health system to "get us through" and provide more care.

She was also asked about whether she was concerned New Zealand could see a second wave of Covid-19 cases. The individuals are both nurses at Waitakere Hospital.

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