Politics

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Schools await decision on students’ return

By Katie Scotcher of RNZ Some Auckland secondary school principals want students back in the classroom next Tuesday. Auckland schools have been shut for nine weeks because of the Delta outbreak. Education Minister Chris Hipkins will provide an update today and has signalled senior students will be the first to return. Papatoetoe High School principal […]

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Medical student says she was treated ‘like animal’ after ‘nightmare’ jab effects

A medical student claims she has been treated like a "zoo animal" by hospital staff while enduring the "scariest experience" of her life after having the Covid vaccine. Arooj Imtiaz Lughmani, 28, says her "nightmare" began just 10 minutes after she was given the Pfizer jab at Waterford University Hospital in Ireland. She says she […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Auckland-based truck driver who travelled to Palmerston North tests positive for Covid-19

An Auckland-based truck driver who travelled to Palmerston North for work purposes has tested positive for Covid-19. The case was detected in a routine surveillance test which was done in Auckland yesterday, and which returned a positive result earlier today, the Ministry of Health said in a statement released tonight. The driver is currently isolating […]

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Exclusive-PwC tells U.S. employees they need never return to the office

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Accounting and consulting firm PwC told Reuters it will allow all of its 40,000 U.S. client services employees to work virtually and live anywhere they want in perpetuity, making it one of the biggest employers to embrace permanent remote work.FILE PHOTO: The logo of Price Waterhouse Coopers is seen at its […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Level 2 having ‘deep, irrevocable impact’ on South Island

National’s South Island MPs have joined forces to ask Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to explain why the island is at Covid-19 alert level 2. There has not been a case of the pandemic disease in the South Island for almost a year, although several clusters from the first wave of the disease originated in the […]

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U.S. weekly jobless claims unexpectedly increase

FILE PHOTO: People line up outside a newly reopened career center for in-person appointments in Louisville, U.S., April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Amira Karaoud WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly rose last week, though the labor market continues to steadily recover. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 16,000 […]

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Anti-vaxxer who compared Covid to ‘eating bad fajitas’ in ‘so much pain’

A woman who wanted to catch Covid-19 to prove it is 'not that bad' is now in 'so much pain' after contracting the virus. Anti-vaxxer Laura Loomer has been vocal in criticising coronavirus vaccines as well as the threat of the pandemic. She once declared the virus is no worse than a bad case of […]

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Covid-19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Expert on what Waikato cases could mean for Cabinet’s big lockdown decision

A top epidemiologist says the new cases of Covid-19 in Waikato highlight the need for mask use inside schools. Three household members of a remand prisoner with Covid-19 who was announced on Sunday as a case have tested positive for the virus. One is a child who was symptomatic while at school on Thursday. Two […]

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Vaccine-sceptic bride-to-be killed by Covid to have funeral at her wedding venue

A surgical technician who avoided the Covid vaccine because she feared it would cause infertility died of coronavirus shortly before she was set to get married. Samantha Wendell, 29, will now have her funeral in the church she was to be married in – and where he parents married decades ago. She had no pre-existing […]

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Covid-19 coronavirus: Chinese defector Wei Jingsheng claims he warned US of Covid months before pandemic declared

American leaders were allegedly warned of a new coronavirus circulating in Wuhan a staggering five months before the World Health Organisation declared the virus a pandemic. But according to shocking new claims by a Chinese whistleblower, that crucial early warning – which came six long weeks before China admitted an outbreak had occurred – fell […]