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Ardern thanks nation as New Zealand adjusts to 'new normal' of Covid-19 lockdown

Country of five million has 283 cases of coronavirus but Jacinda Ardern warns that may grow to thousands during month-long restrictions

The sound of day one of New Zealand’s nationwide lockdown was birdcall. Wood pigeons, tui and saddleback woke to quiet cities and towns, where their songs became the soundtrack to the shutdown.

Many Kiwis rose late on Thursday, having no work or school to attend, and nothing to do beyond the prime minister’s instructions to “save lives by staying home”.

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