New Zealand extends COVID-19 emergency measures until mid-September

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4 September 2020

New Zealand is extending coronavirus alert level 2, which envisions certain restrictions on social gatherings, until at least mid-September, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during a press conference on Friday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"Today, Cabinet [of Ministers] decided to retain the current settings with the next review to take place on Monday the 14th of September", the prime minister said, adding that if the government decides to change the alert level at that point, changes to COVID-19 restrictions will be introduced starting 16 September.

The maximum level 3 alert envisages closure of all educational facilities and non-essential stores, as well as a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

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