Saturday, November 27

Covid-19 Delta outbreak day 22: how it developed

The weather was terrible all over the motu on the first day of level 2, for those outside of Auckland.

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That didn’t stop shoppers in Porirua, who filled the North City Shopping Center parking lot – hundreds of people went to the mall for the first time in weeks.

Some hotel companies say that the new alert level 2 rules could make it difficult to operate.

The owner of Fidel’s cafe in downtown Wellington, Roger Young said For the first time under the new rules, you won’t get any profit.

In today’s 1:00 pm update, Chris Hipkins paused to take a sip of water from a mug, which turned out to be featuring his mug with the words “Spread your legs, not the virus.”

This is how the rest of the day unfolded.

The numbers

  • Today there are 15 new community cases
  • There are 37 cases in the hospital, 6 people in the ICU and 4 with ventilators.
  • More than 4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered, a new milestone
  • There are now 855 cases in the community outbreak, 218 have recovered.

The source of the outbreak remains unknown

The source of the current Covid-19 outbreak in the community remains a mystery after a “significant” investigation found that the possibility of transmission through the Crowne Plaza public atrium was very small, said the Covid Response Minister. 19, Chris Hipkins, in today’s official update. .

“The exact chain of transmission of the MIQ returnee cannot be determined,” he said.

When asked if another outbreak like the current one generating from the Crowne Plaza could happen again, Hipkins said he couldn’t guarantee 100 percent that there would be no on-premises transmission at any isolation facility.

“We are doing absolutely everything we can to remedy and eliminate any risks that we can see.”

Middlemore Hospital Case

Four wards are closed at Middlemore Hospital and nearly 30 employees have been removed since a man with Covid-19 was unknowingly admitted to a non-Covid ward on Saturday after developing abdominal pain.

When asked in the 1:00 PM update. M. If leaving the patient with other patients for 1 hour and 20 minutes after obtaining a positive result was negligence, Dr. Ashley Bloomfield responded that he did not think it was.

Middlemore Hospital Medical Director Dr. Pete Watson said Morning report They had looked at the man’s evaluation and were able to assure people that it was rigorous.

The hospital has added abdominal pain to its list of symptoms when staff screen patients for Covid-19.

Nurses organization Kaiwhakahaere Keri Nuku says mistakes like this are systemic of a faulty and under-resourced system.

National Party leader Judith Collins described the handling of the undetected Covid-19 case as a disaster.

Lead microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles says rapid tests for Covid-19 may need to be introduced in hospitals.

MIQ reservations

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said Control some MIQ bookings have been postponed due to the system facing a shortage of rooms.

“In fact, we’ve already made some changes. We postponed some CSR workers who needed to come in and we’ve been looking for group bookings.

“The last thing I’ve had is that a group of fishermen who were supposed to come in have also been postponed. So that frees up some more space.

“The RSE workers were several hundred. In the case of the fishermen, I think it was around 40 or 50.”

Red Flight of New South Wales

The New Zealanders trapped in New South Wales have been given another chance to return home, with a new “red flight” planned for next week.

The flight will depart Sydney for Auckland on Wednesday; people have until 5pm on Saturday to apply for a seat on the government’s MIQ website.

All travelers will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test prior to departure and spend 14 days in a managed isolation or quarantine hotel.

A similar flight, carrying nearly 100 people, arrived in the country on Sunday.

The government has warned that the trans-Tasman bubble is unlikely to reopen in the near future.

Increased funding to help struggling tertiary students

The government has added $ 20 million to a financial hardship fund for tertiary education students.

The money is in addition to the $ 10 million announced in this year’s budget and is for students struggling due to the pandemic.

The announcement comes as higher education institutions prepare to resume face-to-face teaching, some of which open this week and others on Monday.

The University of Auckland and AUT say that even if the city lowered alert levels, they would not return to face-to-face classes this semester.

The Ministry of Education says that the masks are highly recommended for students on campus, but they are not mandatory.

It says institutions should limit conferences to no more than 100 people and maintain a physical distance of one meter.

‘Delta thrives on inequality’

Experts say the government should prioritize more health funding and resources for South Auckland, which will remain New Zealand’s ongoing front line in the battle against Covid-19.

They say targeted community-led vaccination, faster testing, and more resources for Middlemore Hospital are top priorities, and more data transparency will be important.

Speaking to the Health Selection Committee today, Covid-19 modeler Dr. Rodney Jones said that the Delta variant had exploited a vulnerability in New Zealand.

“What we have to take out of this experience is that delta thrives on inequality,” he said. “We must ensure that we now deploy public health spending and resources in South Auckland because that will continue to be our front line in the battle against Covid.”

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