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Ardern 'Check In With Everyone' on Facebook as New Zealand Goes on Lockdown

Ardern ‘Check In With Everyone’ on Facebook as New Zealand Goes on Lockdown

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern broadcast live on Facebook on March 25 to “check in with everyone” as the country prepares to “hunker down for a few weeks”. Ardern’s government has announced a month-long lockdown similar to the ones installed in nations across the world in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus. During her Facebook Live on Wednesday, March 25, the prime minister explained who was allowed outside during the lockdown and under what circumstances. She also answered questions from people watching. At one point Ardern apologized to viewers for her attire, saying: “It can be a messy business putting toddlers to bed, so I’m not in my work clothes, so forgive me for that.” As with other countries, New Zealand has experienced panic buying in the run-up to its lockdown. The supermarket chain Countdown said it sold enough food for 10 million people in a single day, and urged shoppers not to stockpile. By March 25, 189 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded in New Zealand. Credit: Jacinda Ardern via Storyful

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