In Australia, more than 150 Australian newsrooms have been closed since January 2019, when Covid-19 deepens a media crisis.
The closure of BuzzFeed News in Australia may have grabbed the headlines last week, but the digital startup is just a victim of a growing list of victims of the Covid-19 pandemic in the media.
Five BuzzFeed editorial teams lost their jobs, but hundreds across the country were suspended in an already fragmented media landscape. It is not clear how many will return to their posts.
More from New Zealand now, with the full report on the country exceeding the 5 million population mark:
It was a much-anticipated milestone, probably accelerated by Covid-19: New Zealand reached a population of 5 million people, after citizens and residents returned home when the borders began to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.
New Zealand has grown from four to five million in 17 years, the fastest growth rate in the country's modern history, according to the government agency Statistics New Zealand. Migration has been the main driver of the population of the isolated island nation, which has increased by half a million people in just the past six years.
On March 18, the government urged 80,000 New Zealanders from abroad to return home, adding that the window to travel was closing rapidly. People who are not citizens or residents of the country – or their immediate family – are currently not allowed to enter New Zealand under Covid-19 border control.
New Zealand prepares for rise in child abuse reports, with Covid-19 blockade
As hundreds of thousands of children return to classrooms in New Zealand, welfare services are preparing for an increase in reports of abuse and neglect after weeks of "invisible" blockade.
The country went into confinement on March 25 and emerged at the end of last week. During the blockade, reports of family violence against the police fell and reports of concern for Oranga Tamariki, the country's welfare agency for children, fell by about 40%.
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of child abuse and neglect in the OECD and, on average, one child is murdered every five weeks.
Oranga Tamariki's chief executive, Gráinne Moss, told the Guardian who reports damage always falls on school holidays, because the "eyes and ears" that usually identify damage – education, social and health professionals – are not around.
But the protracted nature of the blockade and the added stress of job loss among already overworked families was creating "a perfect storm," Moss said, and increases in family violence abroad are also likely to apply in New Zealand, although no local research has been performed. accomplished yet.
"The blockade is much longer than school holidays, so we are concerned about the possibility that hidden and invisible damage will occur to children," said Moss.
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