New Zealand’s government says it has been forced to spend $100 million to keep people away from areas where the coronavirus has hit, with thousands of flights cancelled and the country facing a huge spike in cases.
More than 200 people have died since the virus was declared global and it has since become the world’s deadliest ever.
New Zealand is one of four countries with the highest rate of cases, with over 8,000 new cases a day.
More: The number of cases has risen to 3,600, and New Zealand recorded its highest daily rate of infections in the world on Friday.
Newmands Chief Health Officer Dr Chris O’Keefe says the new measures are necessary to protect the public, but he says it’s also about keeping people safe.
“We’re not just keeping people away but we’re ensuring we have the right resources available to us to make sure we can control this coronaviruses spread,” he said.
“In the meantime, we’ve put up about $100m of funding to deal with the coronas outbreak in New Zealand.”
Newmand has launched a nationwide $20m coronaviral surveillance plan, with the aim of preventing new infections, the health department said.
It will be used to provide mobile phone and internet access, and to develop and install screening systems and equipment.
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