State of national emergency declared due to COVID-19

Wednesday 25 Mar - last updated 6:42 pm

A nationwide state of national emergency has been declared on 25 March 2020 at 12:21pm due to COVID-19. The state of national emergency covers all of New Zealand including the Chatham Islands, Stewart Island, and other offshore islands.

An Emergency Mobile Alert was sent to all capable mobile phones at 6:30pm on 25 March to remind people that New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 from 11:59pm 25 March.

Visit covid19.govt.nz to learn the simple steps you can take to unite against COVID-19 and slow its spread. You can also find out what help is available and get the latest updates.

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