Rest-homes in the South were quick to respond to the threat posed by community transmission of Covid-19.
The West Coast Regional Council hopes to hear this week what flood protection projects have been approved in the Govt's infrastructure spend-up to counter Covid-19. But councillors aren't holding their breath.
The dissolution of Parliament has been delayed, election campaigning postponed and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is reconsidering the September 19 poll date as she grapples with the return of Covid-19 in the community.
Australia has recorded its deadliest day of Covid-pandemic, and biggest daily rise in infections in three days, denting hopes a second wave gripping the state of Victoria may be stabilising.
President Vladimir Putin says Russia is the first country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing.
A top Otago University scientist says the extreme scenario would be New Zealand going back to the situation in March when Covid-19 was extinguished after seven weeks of level 3 and 4 lockdown.
The Southern DHB says all health services will continue at this stage, with appropriate hygiene and safety measures in place, and testing will be ramped up in Alert Level 2.
A worst case scenario would be if authorities cannot trace the source of the new Covid-19 outbreak and more cases with no clear links to others emerge, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.
Rest homes are going into full lockdown until midnight on Friday, effectively operating at Alert Level 4.
All New Zealanders are now encouraged to wear masks when social distancing is not possible, and Aucklanders have been told to wear them whenever out of the home.
Sick workers are showing symptoms of Covid-19 but little is known of the two workplaces that have been closed after a South Auckland family tested positive for the virus.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has tapped Senator Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president, making her the first woman of Black or Asian descent to be on a major party presidential ticket in US history.
People should prepare themselves for the possibility restrictions will stay in longer than three days, scientists say.
Hours after allegedly being raped by a former elite athlete, a woman messaged the man and asked him to come over for a hug, a court has heard.