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Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Tauranga could have cases this week, health board says

Covid-19 may be in the community as early as this week but Tauranga is as ready as it can be, the health board says. The virus was detected in Taupō on Saturday and Rotorua on Sunday and was also detected in Tauranga wastewater samples from November 11 and Mount Maunganui from November 10 and 11. […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Record high cases raises fears for health system

New Zealand has hit a grim new high of 160 Covid-19 community cases as daily infection numbers are roughly doubling every two weeks, an expert says. That raises questions about how Auckland’s health system will cope in coming weeks,University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker says. Already contact tracing teams are straining to keep up […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: MIQ hotel has had just one guest in the past week

There has been just one person staying in Wellington’s Grand Mercure managed isolation hotel in the past week, leaving more than 100 rooms typically used by returning Kiwis empty. Managed Isolation and Quarantine confirmed the hotel had a single guest between October 21-28. That left 88 isolation rooms and 13 quarantine rooms sitting empty in […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Calls for pre-departure tests before travelling to South Island

From RNZ A Covid-19 modeller thinks the Government should make it a requirement for those travelling to the South Island to first provide a negative test result. The top of the South Island has had a Labour Weekend scare with an imported Covid-19 case from the North Island shopping at Blenheim on Friday. The unvaccinated […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]