Sunday, November 28

Covid-19 wrap: MIQ fugitives caught, school resumes for seniors

Breaches of Covid-19 restrictions have led to court appearances, seniors can wait for schools to reopen, and a failure has seen 15 people in Wellington administered doses of expired vaccines.

Covid-19 Summary for October 20, 2021

Photo: RNZ, 123rf

Waiheke case

The person with Covid-19 on Waiheke Island is an essential worker, the Health Ministry confirmed.

But RNZ has spoken to the man’s employer, who says that is not the case and does not believe he should be trusted to isolate Waiheke when he has already violated health orders.

The person is a close contact of an existing case in Auckland and has been authorized to isolate himself at home.

There are no sights.

A total of 101 people with Covid-19 in 55 households in Auckland’s broader community are isolated at home.

By the numbers

Today 60 new community cases were reported: 56 in Auckland and four in Waikato.

There were also two cases reported at the border today.

Of the 60 current cases, 22 have yet to be linked to previous cases.

There are 166 unlinked cases from the last 14 days.

There are 43 people in the hospital, including five in intensive care.

People in Rosedale, Redvale and Bayswater with mild symptoms, or who are vaccinated, are urged to get tested.

People in the western Auckland suburb of New Lynn are being told to do the same.

Reopening of schools for older students

High school students in years 11-13 in alert level 3 regions can return to school next week.

Masks will be required at school and on school transportation, and staff and volunteers will need a negative test before attending.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins also announced that scholarship and NCEA exams would continue at level 3.

Students in alert level 3 regions who did not perform as well as expected would be eligible for an unexpected event rating, he said.

A teachers union says it is a reckless move.


Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki has pleaded not guilty to violating bail and lockdown rules governing mass gatherings.

It is Tamaki’s second court appearance in connection with mass gatherings.

Judge Josephine Bouchier granted him bail to appear in Auckland District Court next year.

A woman with Covid-19 turned herself in to police after fleeing quarantine in Auckland last night.

Police said they were going to take her to a custody unit before appearing in Manukau District Court tomorrow, accused of failing to comply with a health order.

He was reportedly on his way from the hospital to a quarantine center and had stopped to collect his belongings from his home when he fled.

Last night two people, both community cases, also scaled a fence at the Holiday Inn hotel and were captured about five minutes later.

Vaccination failures

Chief Health Officer Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said 21 people who recently received a low or expired dose of the vaccine did not undermine confidence in the entire implementation program.

Six people from the Bay of Plenty received diluted vaccines.

Meanwhile, in Wellington, 15 people received vaccines that had expired the day before.

Bloomfield said that this was not harmful and that the fact that it was detected so quickly showed that the system was robust.

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