Coronavirus cases highly likely to arrive in NZ , health officials say as they seek extra quarantine powers
There is a high chance that the deadly coronavirus will make it to New Zealand, health officials say, but that doesn't mean you should panic.
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley BloomfieldBloomfield said cases in New Zealand of the new outbreak, which has killed 56 people and infected thousands overseas, were likely.
Hospitals ICU units were already stepping up in preparation for the possibility of severely ill people with the virus. This was because while the virus was unlikely to kill anyone in New Zealand, figures out of China show about one-in-five people who were infected became severely ill.
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Canterbury authorities have dropped their goal of 20 million annual bus trips by 2020 as public transport use declines in Christchurch.
The service, run by regional council Environment Canterbury (ECan), is to be overhauled in a plan that will contribute to a planned 9.8 per cent rates increase – almost double what was previously forecast.
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