Some Auckland residents enjoying new freedoms today said there had been stress and anxiety in the community during the lockdown.
The city moved to level 3, step 2 and shops can open; but the swimming pools, cinemas and theaters remain closed.
Coincidentally, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited Auckland for the first time in 12 weeks touring a factory and visiting a vaccination campaign.
She visited and faced criticism for not meeting with other businesses such as hospitality or hair salons.
Ardern said he would return to Auckland to see how people were dealing with the Delta outbreak.
Schools to reopen
Covid-19 Education and Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the benefits of reopening elementary and kura schools in Auckland and Waikato on November 17 far outweighed any risks.
Children from Year 4 onwards will be required to wear a mask, the number in the venue will be limited and groups of children will need to distance each other.
The schools and kura will decide what works best for them, but most of the pupils from Year 1 to Year 8 will probably return part-time, while Years 9 and 10 will return full-time.
The National Party wants all schools to reopen immediately, and said paying schools up to $ 400 per student and regularly evaluating children would help them make up for lost class time.
This morning’s party launched its ‘Back on Track’ plan to help school students catch up on their curriculum.
- 147 new community cases of Covid-19: 131 in Auckland, 14 in Waikato and two in Northland. And 63 cases as of today are still not liked.
- The suburbs of interest in Auckland are Ranui, Sunnyvale, Kelston, Birkdale, Manurewa and Māngere.
- 81 people with Covid-19 in the hospital, including 11 in the ICU or HDU. Of these, 40 cases are not vaccinated or ineligible, 25 are partially vaccinated, 10 are fully vaccinated, and the vaccination status of six is unknown.
- 4,813 community cases in the current outbreak.
A man in his 60s who had Covid-19 and was isolated in a house in Glen Eden in Auckland died, the third such death.
The coroner will determine the cause of your death, even if it may have been related to Covid.
Two people who were home-isolated with Covid-19 died last week.
Chief Health Officer Dr Ashley Bloomfield said allowing Covid-19 patients to self-isolate at home generally worked well, but deaths were being reviewed.
Recent sewage results suggest that a Covid-infected person has been in Taranaki since early November.
More positive results for Covid have been obtained from samples taken from the Stratford area last weekend.
In Wellington, a Covid-positive sewage sample from Moa Point is considered to be more likely to be connected to a managed isolation and quarantine facility.
AstraZeneca vaccine is an option for some
The AstraZeneca vaccine will be available later this month to a small number of people over the age of 18 who cannot receive Pfizer injections for medical reasons.
Dr. Bloomfield said that people who had to get vaccinated according to the public health order, but who preferred AstraZeneca to Pfizer, could also choose it.
He said that only a few hundred people over the age of 18 would be eligible for the Astra Zeneca vaccine as of late November.
Santa parades canceled
The Richmond Santa parade is the last one at the top of the South Island to be canceled.
Organizers Richmond Unlimited say alert level restrictions prevent the parade from continuing, but there are plans for Santa to visit the city in one form or another.
The shows in Picton, Blenheim and Motueka have been canceled, and decisions on whether the Nelson and Golden Bay shows go ahead will be made early next month.
In October, organizers of Auckland’s Santa Parade said this year’s event had been canceled for the first time in decades.