Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Government launches vaccine passes, Auckland kids return to class, Waikato to level 2

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Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Covid found in wastewater in Taupō

Taupō’s mayor has labelled the detection of Covid-19 in the city’s wastewater system a “worst-case scenario”. Today the Ministry of Health revealed Covid-19 was detected in a wastewater test collected on November 8. A further sample collected on November 10 is being analysed. Anyone in the area, who may have

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Toby Manhire – the protest that revealed a new, ugly, dangerous side to NZ

Originally published by The Spinoff OPINION: However motley and incoherent some of the messages might seem, to laugh it off would be a mistake. The day brought to the surface nasty and violent sentiments that could, unchecked, turn into something awful, writes Toby Manhire The Capitol riot did not arrive

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: ‘Risky’, ‘not under control’ – experts react to Auckland alert level decision

Some experts say Auckland’s impending move to alert level 3, step 2 on Wednesday poses significant risk, with one public health authority saying he would have waited another few weeks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed Cabinet’s in-principle decision from last week to move Auckland to step 2 from Wednesday –

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Man charged over Auckland’s anti-lockdown protest has Covid-19 – report

A man charged over Auckland’s anti-lockdown protest reportedly has Covid-19. Papatoetoe resident Paul Thompson, aged 57, last week denied failing to comply with the Covid-19 Public Health Response Order by attending the gathering, along with 5000 people, during alert level 3 restrictions. Thompson, a member of Destiny Church, has since

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: New Covid case in Northland

Northland has recorded a new Covid-19 case today – the region’s third case since yesterday. The case is linked to the Kaitaia cluster and is a close contact of a person from that group, Northland DHB said in a statement at 2.42pm. Today’s case brings the current Northland outbreak to

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park set to open

New Zealand’s first new-build Holiday Inn hotel in a decade is on track to open early next month, and even though the country is in the midst of the pandemic, the company believes the timing isn’t too bad. Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park will open in December with 182 rooms,

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Waikato preparing for shops to open, Auckland businesses unhappy at having to wait another week

There are four more Covid cases in Waikato, the Ōtorohanga mayor says. In a post on Facebook, Mayor Max Baxter said “unfortunately there are possibly 4 new cases of Covid-19 in Ōtorohanga today”. So far he was not aware of any new locations of interest since the last update at

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Auckland’s vaccination rate could be high enough to stop growing outbreak

In three weeks’ time, vaccination coverage in Auckland could be high enough to keep the outbreak from growing any further, with the number of daily cases peaking at about 200 a day. These are the projections according to modelling released today and presented by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and director-general