Saturday, November 27

Covid-19: what happened on October 7


Waikato’s Level 3 boundary widens as 29 new community cases are announced and the government unveils a map showing a suburb-by-suburb breakdown of vaccination data.

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Clockwise from top left: Twenty-nine new community cases were reported today; Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins speaks to the media; vaccination data by suburb has been published; NSW is to ease some restrictions
Photo: RNZ / POOL / AFP

29 new community cases were reported today, including five in Waikato. All of the Waikato cases are linked, but there are seven in Auckland that have yet to be linked.

There are now 22 cases in Waikato in the current outbreak, with Waitomo and Waipā districts going to level 3 starting at 11:59 pm tonight.

  • There are a total of 1,448 community cases in this outbreak.
  • Two new cases have been detected in MIQ
  • There are 10 active subgroups in Auckland, up from 12 yesterday.
  • There are 23 people in the hospital with Covid-19, with four in the ICU.

Leading epidemiologists say everyone in New Zealand should plan to find Covid-19 before Christmas, and they better be prepared.

Vaccine maps published

The Health Ministry has released a suburb-by-suburb breakdown of vaccination data as of October 6.

Murupara in the Bay of Plenty has the lowest vaccination rates, with only 32.6 percent of the eligible population receiving their first dose. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited today, hoping to help raise vaccination rates in the area.

The next lowest areas with reliable data were Ōtangarei and Waima Forest in Northland with 45 percent and 45.1 percent respectively.

The data showed around 35 areas with rates above 95 percent, many of them in affluent areas such as central Auckland, central Wellington and Queenstown.

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Photo: Source: Ministry of Health.

Northland Vaccination Rates Concerns While Visitor Tests Positive

A case that was under investigation after a weak positive test result in Whangārei earlier this week has today returned a positive test result in Auckland.

Meanwhile, health authorities say opposition to the vaccine in Te Tai Tokerau is being driven by misinformation and two of the 34 general practices in Te Tai Tokerau do not support Covid-19 vaccination.

Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Medical Director Dr Bryan Betty said a “very small number” of GPs opposed vaccines.

But he said that “the fact that they have Dr. in front of their names gives them undue influence” and it can be “very, very difficult” for patients to determine the facts of the misrepresentation.

Northland DHB CEO Dr. Nick Chamberlain said there was capacity for 16,000 vaccines per week, but only 7,000 to 8,000 people had come to receive them.

Chamberlain said opposition to the vaccine was a problem in Te Tai Tokerau before Covid-19, but now it was worse.

PPTA Concerned About Auckland Schools Resumption

Union leaders say Auckland educators are surprised they can return to school on October 18 while the city remains at Level 3.

Post Primary Teachers Association Auckland Region President Michael Cabral-Tarry said it was too early for schools to resume and teachers and other staff did not feel safe returning.

“We think a good prerequisite could be 80 percent double dosing in those communities where Delta is still rampant. We hope that means that schools are much safer.”

PPTA Auckland Region Vice President Paul Stevens said teachers were as concerned about the risk of transmitting Covid to their students as they were about contracting the disease themselves.

He said the government was essentially asking schools to operate at alert level 2, while the rest of the Auckland community was operating at level 3.

Mongrel Mob Group Closed, Says Gang

A Mongrel Mob spokesperson says their Covid-19 cluster has been resolved.

Two gang leaders, Waikato Mixed-race Mafia Kingdom Chapter Chief Sonny Fatupaito and Mixed-Race Mafia for Life Harry Tam, have waivers to enter Auckland to help facilitate testing and contact tracing. between members.

Louise Hutchinson said that as of Monday, the group involving the Mongrel Mob Pasifika chapter in South Auckland had been resolved due to Fatupaito’s intervention.

The chapter had had four positive cases and more than 20 people in MIQ.

“We tested all the members, all the members of their whānau and from there, that group has been resolved.”

Hutchinson denied allegations that the gang was distributing methamphetamine across the alert level border into or out of Auckland.

(file image) Families picnic at the 2012 Canterbury A&P fair.

The Canterbury A&P Show, shown here in 2012, has been canceled for the second year in a row.
Photo: 123rf

More events canceled

The Canterbury A&P Show, which is regularly attended by 100,000 people, has been canceled for the second year in a row.

The event is one of three that make up Cup and Show Week in November. The A&P show, Addington Cup Week and Riccarton Park races were projected to generate more than $ 4 million in visitor spending and 22,275 visitor nights.

Joanna Norris, executive director of the city’s economic development agency ChristchurchNZ, said it was a huge loss for the city and the region.

“The government’s health-based approach to Covid-19 is essential and we absolutely support it.

“However, businesses and the big events industry need a clear roadmap to lower alert levels on the South Island.”

Meanwhile, the Auckland stage of Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival will also not take place this year, and organizers say the current alert level does not allow it.

NSW to ease restrictions

New NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet has announced “major changes” to the NSW roadmap to get out of the Covid-19 lockdowns.

The changes include the early reopening of schools for many annual groups.

Starting Monday, fully vaccinated adults will be able to eat at restaurants and go to the gym, which in some areas has been banned for more than 100 days.

The changes include:

  • Increase the number of adults allowed to meet in homes from five to ten.
  • Increase the number of adults authorized to meet in public spaces from 20 to 30.
  • Increase the limit of people at weddings and funerals from 50 to 100
  • Reopening of covered pools
  • The ban on singing at religious services will also be changed, allowing performers, including choirs of up to 10 people.

The restrictions for fully vaccinated people will be eased again on Monday after NSW reaches 80 percent double-dose coverage.

The second wave of relaxations will take effect on October 25.

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