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More new coronavirus cases have for the first time been reported outside China than inside, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said; and GPs have run out of masks and other protective gear and say that makes them vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, 

1.More new coronavirus cases have for the first time been reported outside China than inside, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said. In China, the number of new cases reported on Tuesday was 411, whereas in the rest of the world the number was 427. The total number of cases globally has now reached 80,980.

2. GPs have run out of masks and other protective gear and say that makes them vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, while the government holds on to 18 million masks. The Ministry of Health has stockpiled nine million masks with filters as well as nine million general surgical masks as part of its pandemic planning.

 3. The mayor of New Plymouth says local authorities should be required to pass a warrant of fitness on the state of their water infrastructure. He estimates it will take a decade and hundreds of millions of dollars to get New Plymouth's infrastructure to a standard where it's "fit for purpose". Neil Holdom says many other towns and cities are in the same boat.

3.A new study has shown police are almost twice as likely to send a first-time Māori offender to court, than a Pākehā. The JustSpeak study did a fresh analysis of police, justice and census data from 2013 and found that Māori are 1.7 times more likely to end up in court than a Pākehā offender. It also shows Māori women who are arrested in their late teens or early 20s are twice as likely as Pākehā women to end up before a judge.

4.One of Australia's most prestigious universities is offering cash grants of $A7500 ($NZ7807) to help Chinese students get around the coronavirus travel ban and resume their studies. The University of Melbourne is offering the grant to cover eligible expenses, including accommodation, airfares and quarantine costs.

5.Homeowners near Wellington are reporting their local council losing the paperwork for their houses. They say they've been bought to tears, have had to fight to get by, and have been left wondering how widespread the problem might be nationwide. Sue Mortimer can't sell her sunny home on a bush-clad hillside with a glimpse of Plimmerton Beach to move into a granny flat at her son's place in Karori.

6.A new study has shown police are almost twice as likely to send a first-time Māori offender to court, than a Pākehā. The JustSpeak study did a fresh analysis of police, justice and census data from 2013 and found that Māori are 1.7 times more likely to end up in court than a Pākehā offender.It also shows Māori women who are arrested in their late teens or early 20s are twice as likely as Pākehā women to end up before a judge.

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