Yesterday’s Vaxathon Super Saturday official count was announced, while 51 new community cases were reported, including four in Waikato. Here is a summary of current Covid-19 developments.
Of the 51 new community cases, four are in Waikato, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
Two were linked to previous cases, while investigations are underway to determine whether there are links to the other two. One is in Hamilton and the other is in Kihikihi, and the ministry said it was possible that this case could be the source of the sewage detections in Te Awamutu.
There is also a home in Wellsford, north of Auckland, with cases, the ministry said. This follows two positive detections in the wastewater in the area. The ministry urged Wellsford residents to stay vigilant and get tested if they have any symptoms.
- Twenty-eight of the current 51 cases are linked
- There have been 1,945 cases in the current outbreak.
- There are 29 people in the hospital, including five in intensive care
- Nineteen of the 41 cases from yesterday have exposure events.
- Twenty-two of the 41 cases yesterday were isolated while they were infectious.
- Two new cases at the border
Vaxathon ‘a big boost’
The official tally for yesterday’s Vaxathon Super Saturday saw the number of vaccines simply breaking the 130,000 mark, with 130,002 doses administered: 39,025 first doses and 90,977 second doses.
Chief Health Officer Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the record numbers provided a “great boost” to New Zealand’s fight against the coronavirus.
“People across the motu embraced Super Saturday as if the lives of their communities depended on it. It was inspiring to witness how we know that the Covid-19 vaccine is key to our efforts to control the virus.”
He said Auckland did “incredibly well” with 41,081 people vaccinated there yesterday, including 9,039 first doses and 32,042 second doses.
A big thank you to everyone who participated in Super Saturday yesterday. This is what we achieve together:
• 130,002 doses were administered: 39,025 first doses and 90,977 second doses. pic.twitter.com/8kfSAA8nXJ
– Join against COVID-19 (@ covid19nz) October 17, 2021
More needed to scale up vaccines
Epidemiologist Michael Baker is calling for more mass vaccination events, saying the first brought the country together.
Professor Baker participated in the Vaxathon and said it was a fantastic day.
Baker received his second shot in East Porirua and said it was “a really positive atmosphere” that felt like a celebration.
Another epidemiologist, Rod Jackson, said the government must take a new approach to vaccinating those who have not yet received an injection.
He said those who doubt vaccines need to hear less from government frontmen and more from community leaders.
Mobile vaccine clinic raises 80k
Donations are coming to a community mobile clinic to vaccinate the Tairawhiti region against Covid-19.
Te Aroha Kanarahi Trust created a Givealittle page last night in response to Super Saturday, and Tairawhiti had the lowest participation yesterday – just 912 hits.
Over $ 80,000 was raised in the first 16 hours.
Trustee Ani Pahuru-Huriwai said the trust did not expect as much public support, and that the money would help it do “a really painstaking job” to vaccinate people in the region.
The Trust planned to launch a five-week campaign, going door-to-door with homes and then vaccinating people at community events during the summer.
Victory to ease restrictions
The shutdown in Melbourne and parts of the Victoria region will be lifted starting at 11:59 p.m. Thursday (local time) when the state is expected to reach its goal of having 70 percent of those 16 and older fully vaccinated. .
Soon, more than 90 percent of Victorians age 16 and older will have received at least one dose of vaccine.
Across the state, individuals will be able to have 10 visitors in their home each day, including dependents.
Other changes include lifting the curfew and 15 km travel radius restrictions and allowing all children of fully vaccinated adults to attend daycare.
Most outdoor venues, such as cafes, cinemas, and swimming pools, will be open for up to 50 people, while indoor venues, such as cafes and restaurants, will be open for 20 people who are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, Victoria has recorded 1,838 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths.
New South Wales recorded 301 new community cases and 10 deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday.
– RNZ / ABC