Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Hospitals brace for ‘endemic Covid’

Hospitals are planning how to cope when Covid becomes endemic in New Zealand and the unvaccinated turn up seriously sick. Sarah Dalton, executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists union, told the Heralddiscussions were taking place among DHB leaders. “We may be moving into a phase of what

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: $70,000 in prizes to get young adults vaccinated

Daily prize draws and cash giveaways to schools and charities are being offered in a new initiative to get people aged 20-35 vaccinated. From today people in that age bracket who scan their QR code at Auckland Airport’s Park & Ride vaccination centre will also be able to enter their

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: What we know about Auckland’s mystery cases

Health teams seeking to take Auckland out of its strict level 4 lockdown have narrowed their focus to about three mystery Covid cases and seven key suburbs in a bid to assure themselves there is no undetected transmission in the community. Currently, there are 10 new Covid cases from the

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Alert level 1 could be just two weeks away

A return to alert level 1 could be just two weeks away if trends continue, epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker says. However, Delta-enhanced restrictions would probably still be in force at the lowest level. The whole of the country outside Auckland woke up to level 2 restrictions yesterday, and continuing reductions

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Infected Middlemore Hospital patient – son’s fury after father shared room

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Covid 19 coronavirus Australia: NSW records 1533 new cases, four deaths; preps emergency hospital ‘surge’

NSW has recorded 1533 new community Covid-19 cases and four more Covid-related deaths. A man in his 60s from western Sydney died at home; a woman in her 80s from south-west Sydney died at Fairfield Hospital; a man in his 50s from western Sydney died at Westmead Hospital; and a

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Auckland landlord Masfen Group gives tenants rent breaks

A second family business with numerous Auckland properties is helping “hundreds” of tenants after the Friedlanders’ Samson Corporation cut retail and hospitality rents by up to 80 per cent. Rolf Masfen, of the family-owned investment specialist Masfen Group, said that business was also well aware of the toll Auckland’s lockdown

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Grant Robertson and Caroline McElnay front update following Covid escapee fiasco

Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson and Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay will give today’s Covid-19 update. New Zealand notched up 49 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday. Experts say the figure shows a clear downward trend from the peak of more than 80 cases a day over the weekend –

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Prof Michael Baker’s grim predictions if elimination doesn’t work

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