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New Zealand to further ease restrictions; global infections top 5.5M

New Zealand to further ease restrictions; global infections top 5.5M

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May 25 (UPI) -- As global infections surpassed 5.5 million on Monday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the limit on gatherings will be expanded to 100 people by the week's end. "We want to get our economy moving quickly without losing the gains we have made to date," she said during a press conference. The archipelago nation has been one of the fastest to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic through issuing strict lockdown measures in mid-March, which have since been slowly eased. Currently in level two, the second-lowest of its four-level lockdown measure, New Zealand has permitted gatherings of up to 10 people, but staring Friday that limit will be upped to 100, Ardern said. The increased limit on gatherings follows Ardern having said the government will regula...
Boeing awarded $800M to support P-8As for U.S., South Korea, New Zealand

Boeing awarded $800M to support P-8As for U.S., South Korea, New Zealand

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March 6 (UPI) -- Boeing received an $ 800 million contract modification in support of lot 11 P-8A aircraft for the Navy, the Department of Defense announced. The contract funds procurement of long-lead material for 18 18 P-8A Lot 11 aircraft -- eight for the U.S. Navy, four for New Zealand and six for South Korea. The P-8A is a multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft used for anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and search and rescue, according to Boeing. More than 97 percent of the work on the contract will be performed in Seattle, Wash., with some work being performed in Huntington Beach, Calif., Mesa, Ariz., and El Segundo, Calif. The contract has an expected completion date of June 2020. Let's ...
New Zealand volcano: Death toll rises with two still missing

New Zealand volcano: Death toll rises with two still missing

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A person who was being treated in hospital after the eruption of New Zealand's White Island volcano has died, police say.The unidentified victim died in Australia after being sent for treatment. About 20 people remain in intensive care with severe burns.The death brings to 16 the number of confirmed deaths. Recovery teams returned to the island on Sunday to try to locate another two remaining bodies.Eight police search and rescue personnel were deployed for 75 minutes to an area in which at least one of the bodies was believed to be. "We have found no further bodies in that area," Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Clement told reporters.Police said they remained committed to retrieving the bodies and that police and military divers...
New Zealand volcano: Divers deployed to find last two missing bodies

New Zealand volcano: Divers deployed to find last two missing bodies

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New Zealand police deployed divers to look for two bodies near White Island volcano, after six bodies were retrieved in a recovery operation. The volcano erupted on Monday with 47 people there. Eight people were missing on the island, presumed dead. Another eight have already been confirmed dead and around 20 remain in intensive care with severe burns. The retrieval on Friday was launched despite the risk of another eruption. The search for the two remaining bodies will continue on Saturday morning, police said. The recovery of the bodies from White Island, also known by its Maori name of Whakaari, was delayed over safety concerns for the members of any search operation.Speaking to reporters after the bodies were retrieved, Prime...
New Zealand volcano: Police to attempt recovery of bodies Friday despite increasing probability of eruption

New Zealand volcano: Police to attempt recovery of bodies Friday despite increasing probability of eruption

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Dec. 12 (UPI) -- New Zealand Police said they are finalizing a plan to recover the bodies of eight people on Friday morning from White Island despite worsening conditions on the volcanic island and an increasing probability of a second eruption. Deputy police commissioner John Tims said in a statement read by Civil Defence Emergency Management Director Sarah Stuart Black during a press conference that he was briefing families on the plan Thursday afternoon. GNS volcanologists Graham Leonard said the status of the island known locally as Whakaari was uncertain, volatile and worsening with the probability of a second eruption within the next 24 hours increasing from 40-60 percent for Wednesday to 50-60 percent on Thursday as there is an ongoing and increasing tremor. "Today is less safe th...