Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Sir Ian Taylor on why the ‘mental trauma’ caused by MIQ can’t be ignored

This story is part of an ongoing series in which Sir Ian Taylor provides the Herald with updates on his travel trial. As I prepare to fly back to New Zealand from Los Angeles to commence my 10 days of self-isolation, I have had time to reflect on how 151 Off the Bench began and […]

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Covid-19 Delta variant: Four Edmonton Meadows rest home residents now hospitalised

Another resident at Edmonton Meadows Care Home has been hospitalised after testing positive for Covid-19, management at the West Auckland facility has confirmed. Fifteen residents and four staff have tested positive since Friday, when the first case – a fully vaccinated staff member – was discovered. Four residents are now receiving care at North Shore […]

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Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Level 3 boundary in Waikato could be extended if more cases pop up around the region

COVID LATEST:* Waikato Mongrel Mob says Covid cluster resolved, deny meth dealing claims* New Covid testing regime to be announced today* Hilary Barry reveals vile anti-vaxxer abuse* Mike Hosking: While we did our job, the Govt has failed* Derek Cheng: It looks like Jacinda Ardern has waved the white flag to Delta – but she […]

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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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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 […]

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Covid-19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: ‘Discriminating’ – Woman with mask exemption refused supermarket entry three times

A Waikato woman who is medically exempt from wearing a mask is calling the actions of two supermarkets which allegedly barred her from entering without a mask discriminatory and divisive. Zoe (not her real name) lives with asthma, bronchiectasis and a reduced lung capacity, which causes a smothering effect and restricts breathing when she wears […]

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Covid-19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Hospitals opt for different visiting rules during lockdown

Whether or not you are allowed to visit your loved one in hospital under alert level 4 depends on where you live, the Herald can reveal. Some hospitals allow two visitors, one at a time, while others say only one support person and only in “extreme” circumstances. Patient advocates said inconsistencies among hospitals’ visiting rules […]

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Covid-19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Charity KidsCan calls for donations to help feed hungry families during lockdown

Bread and instant noodles are the staple foods getting some families through level 4 – and one charity says this lockdown is far worse than previous ones. KidsCan has today ‘ target=’_blank’>launched an urgent appeal to get food parcels to 2500 families in Auckland and Wellington, which have been worst hit by Covid-19. The charity’s […]

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Covid-19 coronavirus Delta outbreak:10 Auckland schools with positive cases, two university libraries exposure sites

Potential exposure sites across Auckland and Wellington are set to soar past 500 today as the pandemic’s infection toll worsens. Last night another large Auckland secondary school was added to the ballooning list along with a floor on the library at Auckland University and a mall fashion store.Earlier in the evening a pre-school, a busy […]


Coronavirus Covid-19: Why the Auckland community case could trigger a swift move to lockdown

Last week Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins told us to expect an alert level 4 lockdown if any Delta cases pop up in the community. Now we have a community case in Auckland with no link to the border yet, which has triggered an emergency meeting of senior ministers. If it is a case of […]