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Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: What we should expect next from Covid-19

The nature of this coronavirus means that we need to steel ourselves for more tough news in the coming weeks.

New modelling reveals the impact of lockdown, and the hopes for elimination

As NZ enters its third week of Covid-19 lockdown, a just-released set of modelling provides a flare of light at the end of the tunnel.

Newly arrived refugees in limbo in lockdown New Zealand

A new life in New Zealand has been put on hold for people in the Auckland resettlement centre.

Siouxsie Wiles: On Covid-19, we have to build the plane as we fly it

Siouxsie Wiles on the vitriolic correspondence she's received since Covid-19 struck, and the realities of communicating evidence. 

Covid-19 live updates, April 5: Ardern condemns ‘idiots’; 89 new cases in NZ, total 1,039

Coverage of New Zealand's Covid-19 outbreak, updated throughout the day.

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: Why those bubbles are so important

A quick reminder why we need to hold firm, and resist any temptation to bend the rules.

Siouxsie Wiles: What is different about the new, fast Covid-19 blood tests?

Some countries are now using a serology test, which uses blood or serum samples to look for antibodies produced in response to the virus.

Lockdown letters, #4, Glenn Colquhoun: A note to Hone Tūwhare

A letter to poet Hone Tūwhare – and his Travelling Band of Constant Companions

Covid-19: Petitions launched demanding ‘hazard pay’ for essential workers

Calls are growing for extra payment for those who continue to head out to work every day, including many on low wages.

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: When will we know the lockdown is working?

Alert level four is on. Now let’s talk about the lag.

Lockdown letters #1, Ashleigh Young: ‘It’s gonna be a long night tonight’

"This will be my lockdown anthem, to remind me that a feeling of endlessness and shapelessness doesn’t have to be ominous – maybe it can be joyful, and anarchic, and great."

How to see your GP in lockdown New Zealand. And what you can do to help us

Medical centres have been instructed to reduce the number of in-person consultations they conduct by 70%.

Covid-19: The maths that explains why we’re locking down

The statistical modelling we're working on in NZ to help us understand how diseases spread.

Children talk to grown-ups about Covid-19

We asked children how they were coping - and what advice they had for adults.

Siouxsie Wiles wants a word with your parents

Or your friends. Or your cousins. Or you.

My dad, locked down

All I can do, now, is wrap him up in love and trust that the people who are looking after him are wrapping him up in love, too.

How politics, police and power work in lockdown New Zealand

And who watches over the use of that power?

Chlöe Swarbrick: Take a moment. You’re not alone

Currently self-isolated, Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick says you need to do what you can to look after your mental health.

Times of trial

Once again, New Zealanders are caught up in world events that will test our mettle. This time, the battles will be fought at home, writes Dame Anne Salmond.

Covid-19: The doctor behind the petition to move to alert level four

Kevin Ward, an urgent primary care physician, is behind a petition urging the government to shift to the highest alert level.

The urgent and the invisible: 26 thoughts on the lockdown

A New Zealand doctor living in Melbourne reflects on an unfathomable week.