New cases of Covid-19 have emerged outside the alert level 3 border in Waikato, restrictions eased in Auckland, and the government announced a national day of action for vaccines. Here is a summary of what happened on October 6.
Today 39 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in New Zealand, including nine in Waikato. Only one is unrelated to other cases.
The Health Ministry also confirmed that a man in his 50s died from the virus. The man had underlying health problems and had been in intensive care at Middlemore Hospital since Aug. 27.
He is the 28th person to have died from coronavirus in New Zealand since the pandemic began.
There have now been 1,420 cases in the current community outbreak. Public Health Director Dr. Caroline McElnay said there were 12 active cases and it is estimated that there could be another 36 cases in household contacts in the coming days.
There are 32 people in the hospital with Covid-19, seven of whom are in the ICU.
In addition to the new cases in Waikato, a person tested in Whangārei tested weak positive for Covid-19. The Northland District Board of Health says a repeat test has been arranged.
Meanwhile, Auckland residents enjoyed their first day of Step 1 of a new three-stage roadmap to ease restrictions.
– Farah (@KiwiFarah) October 6, 2021
New cases in Waikato
Two of the current cases in Waikato reside outside the Alert Level 3 boundary, in Karapiro near Cambridge and in Kāwhia.
There are five emerging test sites operating in Hamilton, Raglan, Huntly and Tokoroa, while one is being established in Karapiro and the existing test provider in Kawhia has expanded.
Waikato DHB said today that a patient who visited its emergency department on Friday night has tested positive. At that time they were asymptomatic and properly screened, but 50 members of the emergency department staff have been removed as a precaution. Most can return after a negative test result. Public health personnel are investigating.
New locations of interest in Waikato and Auckland have been added to the ministry list.
Mass vaccine event planned
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced a “national vaccination day” in a bid to increase vaccination rates.
Hipkins said everyone had a role to play in increasing vaccination rates and he wanted those who were already vaccinated to help those who did not get a dose.
“This will culminate with a national vaccination day on Saturday, October 16, super Saturday. On that day, we will have vaccine clinics open throughout Aotearoa throughout the day and into the night and a bit like Election Day, we will be asking all of our civic and political leaders to contribute to a great effort to convert the people. “
A website with information about Saturday’s event will be launched today.
“My request to everyone is this: contribute and do this.”
Meanwhile, the Maori Women’s Welfare League is helping to step up efforts to increase the Maori vaccination rate in Taranaki, and a mass vaccination event for Pasifika at Auckland’s Vodafone Event Center has been extended to a fifth day. due to high demand.
It only opened an hour and 500 cars have already passed. Over 6,000 vaccinated so far by day 5. He’s freaking out !!! Yuuuusssss people come to the Vodafone mass vaccination event, but the great south highway is clogged, so go through manurewa. pic.twitter.com/vKqMYEsdLY
– Jo Bartley (@jobartleynz) October 5, 2021
In other vaccination news, the Health Ministry is now advising people to consider a shorter gap between vaccine doses than the currently recommended six weeks.
The dose gap was extended from three to six weeks in August to allow everyone to receive their first dose, but with the threat from Delta, the ministry wants people to have a shorter gap between doses.
Waiheke Border Granted
Waiheke Islands and Aotea Great Barrier will be off-limits for Auckland residents who want to leave the city under reduced lockdown restrictions.
The government has issued a health order, which means that only residents or those with essential reasons will be able to travel there.
Local residents had expressed concern that large numbers of visitors were heading to the islands, where medical resources are limited.
Police will be at the Auckland ferry terminals monitoring the border, with the Maritime Unit also in port.
Visitors to parliament must be vaccinated
Visitors to Parliament will need to present a Covid-19 vaccine certificate to enter the venue from the beginning of next year.
This will include people from ministries, departments, and the public.
Speaker of Parliament Trevor Mallard has also outlined a way for MPs trapped in Level 3 in Auckland or Waikato to return to Parliament.
Parliamentarians are essential workers, so they will be allowed to travel back to the capital.
Mallard said MPs will have to test negative before traveling, isolate for five days in Wellington and then test negative again before returning to the compound.
If someone doesn’t follow these rules when traveling to the capital, Mallard said the venue may have to operate under Level 3 restrictions.
More charges filed after the protest against the blockade
Another man has been charged after a protest against the blockade in Auckland Domain over the weekend.
A 57-year-old man will appear alongside Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki, who revealed last night that he had been indicted for the event, which drew about 1,000 protesters.
Police say the couple will be charged under the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act and alert level 3 order and are due to appear in court next Tuesday.