The Prime Minister of New Zealand has assured children that both the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy were essential workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

During a press conference in Wellington, Jacinda Ardern was asked whether any exemption was being considered for the Easter Bunny during the country's strict lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

"Yes, you'll be pleased to know that we do consider both the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny to be essential workers," she said.  

"But as you can imagine at this time they are going to be potentially quite busy at home with their family as well, and their own bunnies and so I say to the children of New Zealand, if the Easter Bunny doesn't make it to your household, then we have to understand that it's a bit difficult at the moment for the Bunny to perhaps get everywhere."

Ms Ardern urged children to draw an Easter egg and put it in their front window to help other children with their Easter egg hunt. 

New Zealand will stick to its tough curbs to combat the coronavirus, despite some early signs the spread of the illness has been stabilising.

The country's 67 new Covid-19 infections yesterday were the lowest in five days, taking its tally to just over 1,100. New Zealand has reported one death.

Meanwhile, Minister for Health Simon Harris has also declared the Easter Bunny as being an essential worker.

Last month the Government announced further restrictions due to the Covid-19 crisis, except in specific circumstances - including essential workers and people providing essential services. 

In a post on Twitter, Minister Harris confirmed that he has checked with the Department of Health's top doctors and the Easter Bunny is allowed to work this weekend.