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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a multibillion-dollar economic stimulus to fight COVID-19 on 17 March 2020.

The press release by the Government of New Zealand supports the claim.

The press release by the Government of New Zealand supports the claim.New Zealand’s government announced a spending package equivalent to 4% of GDP in an attempt to fight the effects of COVID-19 on the economy. The NZ$12.1bn stimulus includes wage subsidies, bolstering the healthcare sector’s response to the virus, more money for low-income families and those on social welfare, and changes to business tax. The package includes $500m for healthcare, including doubling resources for the public health units tasked with tracing contacts of people who become unwell, bolstering intensive care capacity at hospitals, and money to support primary care doctors.

As of March 19, 2020, 20 people have tested positive in New Zealand.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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