The premier’s reaction
Ardern was inside the parliament building. “You see things moving behind me. Parliament (called” the beehive “, the shape of the beehive) swings a little more than the other buildings,” manages to ironically Ardern, who has not interrupted the interview, ” Okay, it’s over. We’re fine, thanks Ryan (Bridge, the reporter). I’m not in any light or dangling object. It looks like I’m in a structurally solid place. ”
The shock felt by Ardern was of magnitude 5.8 and hit New Zealand in an area close to the south coast of the northern island, not far from the city of Wellington. Geonet located the epicenter 30 km north-west of Levin, at a depth of 37 km. So far, no particular casualties or damage have been reported, nor have tsunami alarms been issued.
Relaxation of coronavirus measures
Coronavirus, New Zealand: long lines in front of barbers. PHOTO
In the interview, Ardern was announcing that New Zealand will further ease restrictions on citizens’ movements due to the coronavirus starting on Friday, allowing the number of participants in funeral parties or religious services to increase from 10 to 100 people. Three weeks after the first easing of the more stringent level 4 closure rules, the prime minister said a new wave of infections had been avoided. With the current ‘level 2’ restrictions, schools and most businesses have been able to reopen although with strict rules on physical distance, but all gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people. The cabinet will discuss blocking rules again on June 8, Arden said, and will assess by June 22 whether the country can safely switch to the lighter level 1 restrictions. New Zealand has recorded fewer than 1,500 confirmed cases and 21 deaths from the virus.