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19 March 2020

COVID-19 Update including New Government Information Platforms

Unite Against COVID-19 - New Government Platforms

The government has created a website that has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place.

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COVID-19 Economic Package

$12.1 billion package to support New Zealanders, their jobs and businesses from the impact of COVID-19. 

The $12.1 billion package includes:

  • Initial $500 million boost for health
  • $5.1 billion in wage subsidies for affected businesses in all sectors and regions, available from today
  • $126 million in COVID-19 leave and self-isolation support
  • $2.8 billion income support package for our most vulnerable, including a permanent $25 per week benefit increase and a doubling of the Winter Energy Payment for 2020
  • $100 million redeployment package
  • $2.8 billion in business tax changes to free up cashflow, including a provisional tax threshold lift, the reinstatement of building depreciation and writing off interest on the late payment of tax
  • $600 million initial aviation support package
Read more here.
 

NZFSSRC Literature Review - Foodborne Transmission of COVID-19

The Centre members and ESR have clubbed together to produce an urgent review of the literature about coronaviruses and examination of the accumulating evidence about COVID-19 (as at 11 March), which answers questions many of our members have about the risks of food producers and handlers transmitting the virus. A summary of the information from this review follows.


 
Read more here.