Saturday, November 27

Covid-19 outbreak day 16: how it developed

Northland has been given the go-ahead to enter level 3 starting at midnight, while a man with Covid-19 escaped from MIQ and an epidemiologist fears Australia will soon experience “utter chaos.”

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The numbers

  • Currently, there are 49 new cases of Covid-19 in the community.
  • The total number of cases in the outbreak is 736; 709 in Auckland, 16 in Wellington.
  • Eleven people have recovered from the virus in this outbreak.
  • There are now 42 people with Covid-19 in Auckland hospitals.

Man with Covid-19 escapes from MIQ

A man who tested positive for Covid-19 escaped from a managed quarantine facility in Ellerslie in the early hours of the morning after entering the facility last night.

He has since been arrested and a judge has rescued him to return to the MIQ premises.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the alleged fugitive was last seen at the Ellerslie MIQ around 1 a.m. and that police were notified at 10:30 a.m. A family member reported your demise.

In a statement, Superintendent Steve Kehoe said that the police were communicating with the Ministry of Health to understand the movements of this person since he left the MIQ premises and was in Ōtāhuhu.

Checkpoints to be established on the Auckland-Northland border

It was news the region had been waiting for, today the prime minister announced that Northland will join the rest of the country, not including Auckland, at alert level 3.

Following the announcement, several checkpoints were established on Auckland’s northern border.

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said Northland Police will continue to be highly visible and will operate checkpoints and random stops within their district, however they will no longer be located at the three fixed checkpoints that have been operating for the last week.

North Auckland checkpoints will be re-established at the following locations:

  • SH1 / Mangawhai Road (Twin Coast Discovery Highway)
  • Mangawhai Road / North of Coal Hill Road
  • Black Swamp, west of Rako Road
  • Mangawhai Road and Cames Road
  • Mangawhai Road and Ryan Road

Funding Boost for Pacific Communities

The government will give a $ 26 million boost to support Pacific communities during the current Covid-19 outbreak.

Deputy Minister of Health Aupito William Sio said the funds would go towards Pacific health and disability services, community immunization services and improving communications with specific groups within the Pacific community.

The minister said that Pacific suppliers had shown that they are an essential part of the government’s response to this outbreak.

“In the August 2020 outbreak and today, you are the heroes on the front lines every day to keep our families and communities safe,” he said in a statement.

“These providers are known and trusted by the communities they live and work in. They have the language skills and cultural intelligence necessary for a more effective response.

“Alamea solves Alamea, the solutions to our challenges lie within the communities,” he said.

MIQ bookings delays

Despite announcing a managed isolation room ‘virtual lobby’, the government has yet to say when it will launch.

Currently the few MIQ rooms are given to whoever sees them first, so those who look for them have to wait on the web for hours a day.

In July, MIQ Co-Director Megan Main said some sort of waiting list was being considered for MIQ assignments.

And yesterday, the government confirmed that a “virtual lobby” would be established to distribute the rooms at random.

However, an MIQ spokesperson could not even give an approximate date of when it will be released, only saying that work has begun on the software.

The National Party proposes a series of measures to improve MIQ’s border reservation system, including a waiting list for spaces and a ban on robots from reserving rooms.

Need to take a ‘low confidence’ approach to border crossings: medical expert

Auckland University Professor Emeritus of Medicine Des Gorman says insufficient security precautions are being taken with those crossing the border south of Auckland.

Yesterday, 23,000 people with exemptions came out of the city’s Covid-19 alert level 4 lockdown.

While police reported few problems, Auckland University Professor Emeritus of Medicine Des Gorman said Morning report more sanitary precautions were needed.

“We are dealing with a very infectious virus and I do not think it is an environment where we should assume that a trucker will go from point A to point B and will not call to see someone or will not stop on the side of the road, not interact with people, I mean, what we’ve done is we’ve paid the price for having a high-trust environment, “Gorman said.

“I think we must have a low-trust environment.”

Gorman said vaccination should be required of all people crossing the border.

‘It will be chaos’ – Australian epidemiologist

A leading Australian epidemiologist fears Australia will soon experience “utter chaos” under his plan to ease Covid restrictions.

The New South Wales government has promised greater freedoms once 70 percent of adults are fully vaccinated.

The state is on track to reach that milestone in mid-October.

But Professor Marylouise McLaws of the University of New South Wales has said Worldwatch it is silly that the threshold does not take children into account.

He fears that the hospitals will be invaded.

“It will be chaos. And it will be chaos for hospital admissions, ICU and ventilation, and we may run out of ventilators.”

Victoria has also admitted that she will not be able to remove the virus.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Fiji exceeds 500

Eight more people died from Covid-19 in Fiji, bringing the death toll to more than 500.

The Government also confirmed 290 new cases for the 24 hours until 8 in the morning yesterday.

Fiji now has 17,124 active cases. There were 2306 recoveries.

There have been 46,936 cases during the outbreak that began in April 2021.

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