Thursday, December 9

Covid-19 Roundup for Nov 1: Restrictions ease, cases may still peak, lockdown for Tonga


The cabinet decided to ease restrictions for some, the prime minister says cases may peak this month at 200 a day, there are safety concerns as supplement sales soar and Tonga will enter a quick shutdown at the midnight. Here’s an overview of the Covid-19 news of the day.

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The restrictions have been set to ease slightly in both Waikato and Tāmaki Makaurau, albeit at different times.

The prime minister announced in today’s post-Cabinet briefing that Waikato would drop to alert level 3 step 2 starting at midnight on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Cabinet has decided, in principle, to move Tāmaki Makaurau to alert level 3, step 2, next Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says potentially easing restrictions slightly in Auckland is a pragmatic move.

Hipkins said Control the decision in principle is based on public health councils.

Covid-19 modeler Michael Plank previously warned that easing restrictions in Auckland and parts of Waikato would accelerate the number of cases.

The numbers

  • Today 162 new community cases were reported
  • Of the new cases, 156 are in Auckland, five in Waikato and one in Northland.
  • There are 53 people in the hospital
  • More than 3.1 million New Zealanders are now fully vaccinated
  • Yesterday more than 20,000 vaccines were administered

Cases could reach a maximum of 200 per day

Covid-19 cases may peak this month at 200 a day based on a model that takes into account vaccination rates, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The government model suggested that there could be 1,400 Covid-19 cases reported a week before the end of the month.

This would lead to 150 new hospitalizations per week, and 11 of those patients would require intensive care.

The model was based on a median scenario with a transmission rate between 1.2 and 1.3.

Health Director General Ashley Bloomfield says ICUs would not be overwhelmed with those numbers.

Tonga enters lockdown

Two days ago the Kingdom of Tonga registered its first case of Covid-19, now at midnight the main island Tongatapu will enter into lockdown.

The blockade will remain in effect until next Sunday.

The positive case arrived in Nuku’alofa on a repatriation flight from Christchurch and, although he is asymptomatic, he is being treated alone in a special quarantine center in Mu’a.

The executive director of the Tonga Ministry of Health, Dr. Siale Akau’ola, said that the remaining 214 passengers were at MIQ at the Tanoa Hotel, while some 80 front-line workers who received the flight are also at MIQ at the Kupesi Hotel.

“In terms of meetings, this is the most significant part of the closure. There are no schools, all schools are closed, there are no church meetings, there are no kava clubs, there is no entertainment or any kind of gathering,” said the correspondent. from RNZ Pacific in Tonga, Kalafi Moala. .

Safety fears as supplement sales rise

Sales of natural health supplements have increased since Covid-19 arrived in New Zealand, but some products can have adverse effects such as anaphylaxis or death.

However, supplements are largely unregulated in New Zealand, and the Health Ministry said the pandemic has delayed new legislation.

Ten years of Medsafe data shows that two people died from complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM, and that 30 percent of suspected reactions are life threatening or disabling.

About eighty percent of New Zealanders have taken natural health supplements, and Nielsen data shows that sales in supermarkets alone have risen nearly fourteen percent in the past two years, reflecting global trends.

Man found after escaping quarantine, charged with police after meeting

Two positive community cases fled the Jet Park managed quarantine facility yesterday, in the second MIQ security breach over the weekend.

Police said one of the people was found and returned to MIQ. It was found during a vehicle stop in west Auckland.

Police know the whereabouts of a woman who also skipped MIQ on Saturday, but public health officials say she doesn’t need to return.

Police say a decision on the charges will be made soon.

Meanwhile, police said a 36-year-old man had been arrested and charged with Failure to Comply with the Order (Covid-19) in connection with attending a meeting at the Auckland Domain and the subsequent march through Newmarket on Saturday.

Ronapreve Covid-19 Treatment

A Covid-19 treatment the government is buying may help reduce the number of people dying from the virus, says an expert from the University of Otago.

Pharmac revealed yesterday that it is ready to subsidize Ronapreve, also known as Regeneron or REGEN-COV, which is used for people in danger of becoming seriously ill.

He is expected to be in the country at Christmas.

University of Otago Infectious Diseases Professor Kurt Krause said Morning report it is a very effective way to treat and prevent early infection.

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