Sunday, November 28

Covid-19 wrap: unrelated cases, level change for some, funding for Maori vaccine initiatives


The northern part of Northland is being sent back to alert level 3 at midnight as unrelated cases cause concern, while earlier the prime minister visited Te Tai Tokerau when the government announced the first round of funding for the launch. of Maori vaccine initiatives.

Here’s an overview of the Covid-19 news of the day.

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Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins called an unexpected press conference tonight to announce that the northern part of Northland will go to alert level 3 from 11:59 p.m. tonight until Monday, November 8 at midnight. .

This morning, Māori Crown Minister of Relations Kelvin Davis, Associate Minister of Health (Maori Health), Peeni Henare, and Māori Development Minister, Willie Jackson, announced that eight Maori and Iwi organizations had been approved by 23 , $ 3 million from the government’s $ 120 million Maori Communities Covid-19 fund.

The numbers

  • 126 new community cases were reported
  • Of the new cases, 107 were in Auckland, 18 in Waikato and one in Northland.
  • Forty-nine people are hospitalized, three in ICU or HDU
  • Of the new cases, 59 were not epidemiologically linked
  • Yesterday 27,473 vaccines were administered

The blockade in the north may not go far enough: epidemiologist

Epidemiologist Professor Rod Jackson said Control the blockade of the northern part of Northland is the pattern that we will see for the next six months.

“They will be localized blockades,” he said.

“We knew this was going to happen, I think, and it’s really sad that it happened in Northland.”

He said the local blockade might not go far enough.

“I guess we’ll find out in the next few days … Covid crosses borders.

“I think we will see more and more local closures to try to keep the virus suppressed.”

Reti says it will be difficult to get Northland 90 percent vaccinated

National Party Deputy Leader Dr. Shane Reti in Opononi said Control “It will be a struggle” for the region to reach 90 percent vaccination.

“If we look at the baseline – those kids under the age of two where the parents have said ‘don’t vaccinate’ them and removed them from the registry – if we use that as a proxy for what they might want for themselves … I suspect that it’s about 15 percent. “

Reti doesn’t think 90 percent is impossible, but said it will be difficult.

“As we weigh things up, remember, an hour ago across Northland all the communities were in the pub watching the Melbourne Cup.”

He said it was full of people at the Opononi Pub where he was.

Pediatric vaccines

Questions are being raised about when the government will confirm pediatric vaccine supplies with a Pfizer request that must be submitted at any time.

Health Director-General Dr. Bloomfield said that while authorities were “in the room” when it came to supply talks, timing could be an issue.

“The challenge will be Pfizer’s ability to manufacture them to meet demand, not just here but, of course, globally.

“It looks like they’ve made enough for America so far, but we won’t know until they put the app up. [in] and we have ongoing discussions with them about the time of availability here, but trust me, we are absolutely in the room with [them] have those discussions. “

Reaction to the easing of Auckland restrictions

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff believes moving the city to alert level 3 step 2 next week is the right decision, but a leading Covid-19 modeler says the result could be a sizable outbreak throughout the summer.

Yesterday, the Cabinet decided, in principle, to transfer Tāmaki Makaurau to alert level 3, step 2, at 11:59 p.m. next Tuesday.

Professor Shaun Hendy, Covid-19 modeler, said Morning report Tighter restrictions should be maintained until vaccination rates are higher.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said easing restrictions was a “good balancing act.”

Some retailers in the city were “absolutely excited” about the easing of restrictions.

PM’s press conference was interrupted

The prime minister today held a news conference in Northland that was derailed by a man claiming to be a journalist and making false claims about the vaccine.

Prisoners test positive

Seven prisoners, all in Auckland prisons, tested positive for Covid-19.

Five are at Mount Eden and two are in Auckland Women’s Prison.

All seven entered prison last month.

Corrections said one case came back positive from a test taken before being detained.

The other six tested positive as part of routine tests for newly arrived inmates. All were immediately quarantined, Corrections said.

Northern Regional Commissioner Lynette Cave says contact tracing has been done and appropriate steps have been taken to prevent any risk of transmission.

Since March of last year there have been a total of 20 cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand prisons.

The Health Ministry says that half of the prisoners are fully vaccinated.

MPs in level 3 areas no longer need to isolate

The Speaker of the House removed the requirement that MPs returning to Parliament from Level 3 areas isolate themselves for five days.

Some have had to isolate themselves for a week before returning to Parliament, in addition to returning a negative Covid-19 test like other essential workers.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has come under increasing pressure to visit Auckland, has said that it is this rule that makes a trip to her constituency from Mt Albert impractical.

You haven’t spent time in Auckland since before the Delta outbreak started.

The Speaker’s Office confirmed that MPs will now only need to return a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours of leaving a level 3 area.


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