The government has hinted at reopening primary schools from mid-November, businesses fear the economy will worsen, household isolation is already underway in Auckland and changes to the MIQ will be revealed tomorrow.
By the numbers
74 new community cases of Covid-19 were reported today: 68 in Auckland and six in Waikato.
Of the new cases, 31 remain unrelated.
There have now been 2,832 cases in the current outbreak.
There are 41 people hospitalized, five of them in intensive care.
Starting tonight, Alert Level 3 restrictions will be lowered slightly in Waikato, where there are 97 community cases.
The number of New Zealanders now fully vaccinated has reached just over 3 million, or 72 percent of the eligible population.
The National Party wants vaccine mandates removed, but withheld passports once the country reaches 90 percent vaccinations.
Home insulation and MIQ
There are more than 572 positive cases and close contacts that are being isolated at home.
Health Director General Ashley Bloomfield says home isolation is now being used in Auckland and the response to the pandemic is adapting.
Bloomfield says people are interested in being able to stay home and it will become the norm.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has said Control that MIQ changes will be announced tomorrow.
“We wanted to be able to establish a little roadmap, with some immediate changes and we also wanted to be able to pinpoint what the longest time frame is for MIQ … how things could play out … we want to be able to give people some more markers on the way, and we want to be able to do it tomorrow. “
But Hipkins couldn’t guarantee any changes to MIQ before Christmas.
Schools with tentative reopening date
As Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins has asked the Ministry of Education to work with elementary schools and kura on advice for a phased return to learning.
Hipkins has requested that they work based on an indicative start date of November 15.
He has said Control An announcement will be made “as soon as we can” for elementary students returning to school part-time, but I wouldn’t say if a decision will be made next week.
“If we look at the stable case numbers, and if we see that we are managing the case numbers in a way that gives us confidence that we can get children back to school with relatively low risk, with those additional protective measures implemented, so I think the 15 [of November] it’s absolutely a deadline. “
But the Year 9 and Year 10 students have not received any indication as to whether they will have the opportunity to return to the classroom.
A 21-year-old woman was indicted by police in connection with an alleged violation of the Auckland border by a Navy sailor last month.
The sailor reportedly crossed the border to attend the funeral of a close relative without a travel exemption.
In another incident, a police inspector is under investigation for allegedly violating the Auckland border.
And three women accused of disobeying Covid-19 restrictions by traveling to Auckland for a mass gathering have appeared in court.
The trio made brief appearances at the Taihape District Court, where their names were temporarily suppressed.
The women, ages 50 to 53, did not submit allegations to one count each of violating a Covid-19 order.
Businesses expect the economy to get worse
ANZ Bank’s monthly sentiment survey shows that companies are more confident in their own outlook, but are more pessimistic about the overall economy.
The measure of business confidence about its own outlook rose to 22 percent net from 18 percent in September, while general sentiment turned more pessimistic to 13.4 percent net expecting the overall economy to worsen from 7.2 percent pessimistic last month.
ANZ chief economist Sharon Zollner said that given the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the medium-term indicators were strong, but rising costs were being felt.
Covid-19 vaccine for children
Hipkins says regulators are ready for final approval to launch a Covid-19 vaccine for children.
An expert panel recommended that the US Food and Drug Administration approve a Pfizer vaccine for ages 5 to 11.
If the FDA authorizes a pediatric vaccine, next month the final word for its use rests with the Centers for Disease Control.
Medsafe is expected to receive more information from Pfizer early next month.