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Covid-19 wrap: daily cases hit a record, Waiheke Island records first case

The country records the highest number of daily cases in over a year, Auckland is approaching 90 percent of vaccination rates with the first dose, and Waiheke Island records the first case of Covid-19.

Covid-19 Summary for October 19, 2021

Photo: RNZ, 123rf

Highest daily case numbers for the year

The Health Ministry reported today a record 94 new community cases of Covid-19 in the country, the highest daily total since April last year.

Of the cases as of today at 10 am, 41 are linked, 26 of which are domestic contacts, and 53 are unrelated, the ministry said in a statement.

There are 38 people in the hospital: eight in the North Shore, 12 in Middlemore and 18 in Auckland. Five people are in ICU or HDU.

The total number of cases in the outbreak is 2,099. There are 2,030 cases in Auckland (1,360 of which have recovered); 52 in Waikato (seven of which have recovered); and 17 in Wellington (all of which have been recovered).

A total of 183 cases from the last 14 days remain unrelated.

The ministry said there were 2,039 contacts.

A total of 16,921 tests were processed across the country yesterday, 12,688 in Auckland.

As of this morning, there were 439 locations of interest.

Waiheke Island records the first case of Covid-19

A person on Waiheke Island tested positive for Covid-19, becoming the first case diagnosed on the island.

Waiheke Local Board President Cath Handley said she was informed of the case by health authorities this afternoon.

Handley told Checkpoint that the new Covid-19 case on the island “has really upset people here.”

She said the person had been tested for Covid-19 on the mainland in Auckland, but traveled to the island instead of isolating himself.

They rode the Sealink ferry and stayed in their vehicle, he said, then went to a residence on the island and had no contact with anyone.

“So there are no places of interest on Waiheke Island that we are concerned about. But I guess that raises a lot of questions about whether the person had Covid-19 symptoms and was tested, why they traveled, after being tested. the proof, and why they came here and why they are now allowed to isolate themselves here. “

Health officials told Handley that the person will isolate himself at a home in Waiheke.

Auckland approaches 90 percent of first vaccination dose

Vaccination figures to date show that 6,387,870 vaccines have been administered: 3,582,822 (85 percent) first doses and 2,805,048 (67 percent) second doses.

Of these, 379,563 (66 percent) Maori have received their first dose and 258,018 (45 percent) have received their second dose.

And 231,295 (81 percent) Pasifika have received one dose of the vaccine, while 171,818 (60 percent) are fully vaccinated.

In Auckland, 89 percent of the eligible population have received one dose of the vaccine and 72 percent have received both doses.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff told Morning Report there has to be a price to pay for not getting vaccinated as the region heads for another fifteen Level 3 restrictions.

The government is heading toward a different approach to handling Covid-19 when vaccination rates are high, and Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said a 90 percent vaccination target would stand out “prominently. “.

Goff said that a target of 90 percent for dual vaccines effectively means that 94 percent have at least the first dose, and that was “very ambitious.”

“We need to maximize the number of people who get vaccinated, but we can’t wait for the last reluctant person to get vaccinated before deciding that it’s safe to relax the restrictions.”

There had to be sanctions along with encouragement and incentives, and good access to vaccines, he said.

Home isolation could lead to further spread of the virus – doctor

A doctor from South Auckland warns that home isolation could lead to further spread of the virus, especially in areas where homes are overcrowded and vaccination rates are low.

People with Covid-19 will soon be asked to self-quarantine at home, rather than being taken to a managed isolation facility.

But the idea appears to have progressed without consulting the communities that would be harmed by the decision, Manukau GP Api Talemaitoga told Morning Report.

Talemaitoga chairs the Pasifika GP network and the Pacific Chapter of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs.

“I don’t see any Maori or Pacific clinical leadership around planning this and it just shows that we haven’t learned from our lessons, that we have yet [think] one size fits all. “

Talemaitoga said you can’t isolate someone at home when ten people live in a three-room house.

“It is dangerous because these are exactly the people who have the lowest vaccination rates and live in overcrowded houses. The risk of spread is very high.”

Associate Health Minister calls for additional efforts by Maori to increase vaccination rates

At today’s Covid-19 briefing, Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare thanked all Maori, iwi, hapū providers, practitioners, vaccinators, and DHB staff.

Henare said that for the past two weeks, before Super Saturday, he traveled to various DHBs and saw great work, but identified a number of challenges.

He asked for help from those who were not on board. “Our whānau needs you and for many of them you are the person they trust who will be the key to making an informed decision about vaccination.”

Significant funding has already been provided to Hauora Māori to support and develop capacity for the vaccine program, he said.

Henare said an announcement will be made later in the week about supporting the Maori vaccination effort.

“We have seen the threat this current Covid-19 outbreak poses to the well-being of Maori communities with a total of 560 Maori cases recorded. In the past two weeks, Maori have accounted for 45.7 percent of total cases. vs. 28 percent nationwide. Outbreak complete. While sobering, these numbers reinforce why vaccinating our communities is so important. “

“So I tell the Maori people, Covid-19 is at their doorstep, don’t let it in and the best course of protection is still for us to vaccinate our people.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said they have always been concerned about creating a space where it can be interpreted that there is room for people to be left behind. They have been thinking about the Maori vaccination rates in the work they are doing before Friday.

He said that the work that is being carried out at the moment with Maori suppliers and that the government needs to ensure that it provides all the necessary resources is critical.

College of Midwives Joins Call for Pregnant Women to Receive MIQ Places

The New Zealand College of Midwives believes that women’s health is being sidelined by the MIQ reservation system.

She has joined calls for future parents to have easier access to reserves, saying midwives also need urgent assignments.

Last week, RNZ reported that pregnant couples, trying to get together before their baby arrived, were stuck in the bottleneck of MIQ reserves.

New Zealand College of Midwives Executive Director Alison Eddy said it was remarkable that there was still no emergency allocation category for pregnant women or their partners.

“Policies that eliminate support for women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period are inherently risky,” she said.

He said that every effort should be made to ensure that the situation is remedied as soon as possible.

Addington Cup Week to move on without the crowd

For the first time in its 117-year history, Addington Cup Week will not be open to the public.

Organizers of Cup Week in Christchurch expected the South Island to have fallen to an unrestricted level of alert in time for the event in the second week of November.

Addington Raceway CEO Brian Thompson said the races are going ahead but without crowds.

The Canterbury A&P Show, one of the events that make up Cup and Show Week, was canceled earlier this month for the second year in a row.

Addington Raceway’s racing industry manager Darrin Williams said it was incredibly disappointing, but anticipated bars and restaurants can still benefit from punters determined to hold the event.

The raceway will suffer a near 20 percent financial impact due to the public closing of the races.

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