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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 […]

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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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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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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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Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: ‘New world order’ – Kerry Chant’s phrase in Covid briefing

Australia’s Dr Kerry Chant said around 2500 words at Thursday’s New South Wales Covid-19 press conference. But it took just three of them for her to go global. An innocent slip of the tongue from the state’s chief health officer has sent some corners of the internet into a spin, led to furious commentary by […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Middlemore Hospital case a ‘problem’; unexpected cases could slow Auckland’s shift to level 3

COVID LATEST* ‘Wind in our sails’ – Vaccination boost means no slowdown in rollout* Pregnant woman given MIQ spot after launching legal action* ‘Discriminating’: Woman with mask exemption refused supermarket entry three times* Claire Trevett: Is the PM’s vaccines deal a triumph of politics over principle?* Matthew Hooton: Reject the politics of fear and hate […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Hospitals prepare for surge in patients

From RNZ Hospitals are honing their surge plans for dealing with Covid-19, with rate of admissions higher than previous outbreaks. There are now 34 patients in hospital – nearly 7 per cent of the total cases. Middlemore has 17, Auckland 13, North Shore Hospital three, and Wellington Hospital one. Auckland City Hospital already has more […]