Live updates, November 19 – 21: Wellington case confirmed; 172 new cases

Welcome to The Spinoff’s reside updates for the weekend of November 19-21. Assist assist our Covid protection – be a part of Members right now.

1.40pm: The form of the outbreak

In the present day’s newly up to date graphs, together with every day case rely, unlinked circumstances, variety of circumstances infectious in the neighborhood, hospitalisation rely, and newest vaccine stats.

1.05pm: 172 new circumstances

There are 172 new circumstances of Covid-19 in the neighborhood right now, together with 12 in Waikato, 4 in Northland, three within the Bay of Lots, 4 within the Lakes area and one in Wellington. The rest are in Auckland. Of the 172 circumstances right now, 97 are but to be linked to the remainder of the outbreak.

As a result of Ministry of Well being’s normal cut-off interval, a case introduced yesterday in Wellington has been formally added to right now’s case tally.

Of yesterday’s 198 circumstances, 50 had been infectious whereas the individual was energetic in the neighborhood.

There at the moment are 6,701 circumstances within the present group outbreak.

Seventy folks at the moment are in hospital with Covid-19. 5 of these are in ICU.

1,802 contacts of constructive circumstances haven’t been contacted by tracers

The outbreak continues to check Covid tracers, with the proportion of contacts of constructive circumstances reached by contact tracers persevering with to drop. Of the 5,813 energetic contacts being managed, 69% have acquired a name from a contact tracer, that means greater than 1,802 contacts have but to be contacted by tracers to substantiate testing and isolation necessities.

On Sunday final week, the proportion of contacts reached by contact tracers was 76%.

My Vaccine Move replace

As of mid-morning right now, about 900,000 folks had efficiently downloaded their My Vaccine Move, the report that can permit folks to show their vaccination standing the place it’s required as a situation of entry.

The Ministry of Well being says the system is working easily, and capability has been elevated, and it’s encouraging folks to go to MyCovidRecord.well being.nz to begin the method to create their My Vaccine Move.

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Wellington case

A case introduced yesterday in Wellington is right now being confirmed, following a repeat swab returning a second constructive end result.

The preliminary weak end result, mixed with the follow-up check, signifies the case is within the early phases of an infection. They’re self-isolating.

The case is a consumer of the Covid-19 tracer app, which can help with contact tracing and figuring out any areas of curiosity. Thus far, one location of curiosity has been recognized – Countdown Cable Automobile Lane in Wellington Central – and has been added to the Ministry’s web site.

The constructive end result was picked up as a part of routine surveillance testing in Wellington, for a necessary employee from Auckland working within the metropolis. Investigations have recognized a small variety of shut contacts, together with the case’s co-workers, who’re presently isolating and being examined. Thus far, all outcomes from this testing have come again adverse.

The Ministry is urging anybody within the Wellington area with Covid-19-related signs – irrespective of how delicate – to get examined, even when they’re vaccinated.

Bay of Lots replace

There are three new circumstances being reported within the Bay of Lots right now. Two are in Tauranga and one is Mount Maunganui which is related to an current case. The 2 Tauranga circumstances are in the identical family and investigations into the supply of their an infection are underway.

An additional case examined constructive after presenting to Tauranga Hospital emergency division late final night time and will probably be added to official figures tomorrow.

Public well being officers deem the chance from final night time’s publicity occasion at Tauranga Hospital is low however are right now finishing up additional evaluations. One ward has been closed to each guests and new sufferers out of an abundance of warning. Three workers members have been stood down as a precaution.

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Lakes replace

There are 4 new circumstances in Lakes DHB being reported right now. Two of the brand new circumstances are related to the Taupo cluster, one in every of which is in Rotorua Hospital. There are additionally two new circumstances in Rotorua. One is linked to an current case and investigations into the opposite case are ongoing however potential hyperlinks have already been recognized.

Northland replace

There are 4 new circumstances being reported for Northland right now. One is in Kaitaia, one is in Ruakaka and one is in Dargaville. All three of those individuals are shut contacts of current circumstances and had been already in isolation.

The fourth case resides in Auckland the place they’re isolating.

12.40pm Saturday: A message from The Spinoff’s new editor Madeleine Chapman

In the present day’s Covid case numbers will probably be arriving by way of Ministry of Well being e-mail. Whereas we wait, a message from our new editor:

Like every good door-to-door salesperson, I’m about to cheerily introduce myself after which, within the very subsequent breath, ask you for cash. Hello! I’m Madeleine (or Mad) Chapman, beforehand an intern at The Spinoff, then a workers author, senior author and now editor. It actually wasn’t the plan to step into this function in the midst of a delta outbreak, nor did I feel my first weeks on the job would unfold alongside New Zealand’s largest metropolis slowly popping out of stagnation. However regardless of the unusual and unlucky circumstances, The Spinoff crew has stepped up as soon as once more, working tirelessly (and principally from our bedrooms) to convey you a very powerful information while you want it, and the lighter moments when issues are wanting somewhat bleak. We’ve been in a position to proceed this work due to the continuing contributions from our members, and I can’t thanks sufficient.

However I can boldly ask that you just think about turning into a member in the event you aren’t one already. In the event you’ve learn one thing on our web site not too long ago that you just loved or appreciated, think about it a koha for that alone, as a result of each greenback donated by means of The Spinoff Members is used to create extra of the work you see on daily basis. And with Christmas across the nook (which I’m discovering genuinely exhausting to imagine), there’s no such factor as transport delays on a membership of The Spinoff purchased for whānau and mates.

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3.25pm: Auckland DHB hits 90% totally vaccinated goal

Auckland DHB has grow to be the primary within the nation to hit the 90% totally vaccinated milestone, that means 90% of its eligible inhabitants has had each doses.

Town’s two different DHBs are additionally heading for a similar goal; Waitematā is presently sitting at 87% with Counties Manukau at 84%.

Northern Area Well being Coordination Centre’s programme director Matt Hannant stated he’s thrilled.

“This success is absolutely down to the countless hours, good spirits and sustained efforts of all the community leaders, Māori and Pacific provider partners and GP, pharmacy and DHB staff,” he stated. “They’ve been out there at community events and on the streets with their mobile campervan clinics, doing everything from answering questions and providing vaccinations through to manning sausage sizzles.”

Over 23,000 folks have been vaccinated in current weeks, he stated, together with 900 in-home jabs, greater than 15,000 pictures by the group vaccination buses and over 2000 at emergency and transitional housing.

Director common of well being Ashley Bloomfield celebrated the information, calling it a “phenomenal” achievement. “I want to congratulate you all for your outstanding commitment towards making New Zealand a safer place for yourselves, your whānau and your communities,” he stated.

2.00pm: The Friday Quiz!

Know all there may be to learn about our Covid response? What about what’s on the telly? How about swearing (sure, swearing)? Take a look at your information on this week’s Friday Information Quiz!

1.40pm: The race to 90%

There have been 20,663 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine administered yesterday, comprising 6,635 first doses and 14,028 second doses.

In the meantime, in some grand information, Auckland DHB is quick closing in on being the primary DHB within the nation to be 90% totally vaccinated. As of 11.45am right now, there have been simply 101 extra individuals who wanted to obtain their second shot to achieve this milestone. The Ministry of Well being expects the DHB will hit 90% later right now.

Verify our how your DHB is doing beneath:

1.10pm: ‘Weak positive’ Covid-19 case confirmed in Wellington; 198 new circumstances

Up to date

A “weak positive” case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in Wellington as a part of routine surveillance testing within the capital.

The person is a necessary employee from Auckland who was working within the metropolis. The Ministry of Well being stated the end result might point out a historic case or a case within the earlier phases of an infection.

The employee is having a repeat check right now and follow-up with the office contains checks of colleagues.

In the meantime, there are 198 confirmed circumstances of delta throughout the nation. They’re in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Lots, Wairarapa and Canterbury. Thus far, 88 of right now’s 198 new circumstances are unlinked to the outbreak with 832 thriller circumstances from throughout the previous fortnight.

There at the moment are 76 folks with Covid-19 in hospital, together with six in intensive care.

In the present day’s case particulars

There at the moment are 17 circumstances within the Lakes DHB space with an extra two circumstances confirmed right now. One case is in Taupō and is a family contact of a identified case. They’re self-isolating at house.

A second case is being investigated and will reside outdoors of the district.

There are 30 new circumstances of Covid-19 in Waikato. One new location of curiosity was added for Cambridge, whereas there may be one case presently receiving care at Waikato Hospital.

In Bay of Lots, six new circumstances have been confirmed. Of the brand new circumstances introduced right now, one lives within the Tauranga space, and 4 are in Mount Maunganui. All however one of many above circumstances are family contacts of identified circumstances. Hyperlinks between the remaining Mount Maunganui case and identified circumstances are nonetheless being investigated.

All circumstances are self-isolating at house.

“As a precaution, a Bay of Plenty school linked to one of the cases had been closed today and all students and staff are being offered tests,” stated the Ministry of Well being. Interviews are persevering with to find out case actions. Any areas of curiosity will probably be added to the Ministry’s web site as they’re recognized.

A case reported yesterday in Levin has been reclassified as a Wairarapa case and has been added to the Wairarapa tally. The case is a detailed contact of an current case and is now isolating with them within the Wairarapa. This takes the area’s whole variety of circumstances to 3.

There may be one new case to report in Christchurch right now. The case not too long ago travelled to the North Island, and a possible hyperlink to a different case is being investigated.

Lastly, there are three circumstances to report in Northland; one is a detailed contact in Kaitaia, one is a detailed contact in Whangārei with a transparent hyperlink to an Auckland case, and one is in Waipu with Public Well being interviews below method this morning.

Covid-19 detected in Pahiatua wastewater

Covid-19 was detected in wastewater samples collected from Pahiatua – a city between Masterton and Woodville – on November 15 and 16 however was not detected in a pattern collected on November 17. Testing is in progress at plenty of different websites throughout the area, together with Feilding and Dannevirke, with outcomes due subsequent week.

“Anyone in the area who has symptoms – no matter how mild – is encouraged to get tested, even if they are vaccinated,” stated the ministry. There may be testing accessible in Pahiatua right now:

  • Pahiatua Medical Centre, nook of Fundamental Avenue and Centre Avenue (till 5pm right now). Please name forward for an appointment.
  • Testing can be accessible over the weekend in Palmerston North: 575 Fundamental Avenue (10am -5pm, Saturday and Sunday).

12.50pm: A message from The Spinoff’s new editor Madeleine Chapman

Whereas we anticipate right now’s numbers – a message from our new editor:

Like every good door-to-door salesperson, I’m about to cheerily introduce myself after which, within the very subsequent breath, ask you for cash. Hello! I’m Madeleine (or Mad) Chapman, beforehand an intern at The Spinoff, then a workers author, senior author and now editor. It actually wasn’t the plan to step into this function in the midst of a delta outbreak, nor did I feel my first weeks on the job would unfold alongside New Zealand’s largest metropolis slowly popping out of stagnation. However regardless of the unusual and unlucky circumstances, The Spinoff crew has stepped up as soon as once more, working tirelessly (and principally from our bedrooms) to convey you a very powerful information while you want it, and the lighter moments when issues are wanting somewhat bleak. We’ve been in a position to proceed this work due to the continuing contributions from our members, and I can’t thanks sufficient.

However I can boldly ask that you just think about turning into a member in the event you aren’t one already. In the event you’ve learn one thing on our web site not too long ago that you just loved or appreciated, think about it a koha for that alone, as a result of each greenback donated by means of The Spinoff Members is used to create extra of the work you see on daily basis. And with Christmas across the nook (which I’m discovering genuinely exhausting to imagine), there’s no such factor as transport delays on a membership of The Spinoff purchased for whānau and mates.

12.10pm: ‘Too soon’ to substantiate suspected Wellington Covid case – PM

There are studies that Covid-19 has arrived within the capital.

Stuff’s reporting that authorities are investigating a case in Wellington, with areas of anticipated within the Hutt Valley and Porirua.

It comes a day after delta circumstances had been confirmed within the decrease North Island cities of Ashhurst and Levin, together with in Christchurch.

In keeping with Stuff, the Wellington case is a development employee who has been totally vaccinated.

Chatting with media, prime minister Jacinda Ardern stated it was “too soon” to invest about Covid in Wellington.

With right now’s 1pm press convention cancelled, it’s anticipated affirmation of the case will come by way of a press release from the Ministry of Well being.

12.05pm: Covid-19 press convention canned

In the present day’s 1pm Covid-19 press convention has been cancelled after deputy prime minister Grant Robertson travelled to Auckland yesterday.

Per parliament guidelines, Robertson has to check adverse earlier than he’s allowed to return to parliament. In keeping with a number of press gallery reporters, he’s nonetheless ready on that end result to return again.

Robertson was anticipated to entrance right now’s press convention alongside public well being director Caroline McElnay.

11.25am: AUT educational resigns after calling Christchurch assault a ‘false flag’

New Zealand regulation lecturer Amy Benjamin has been an outspoken critic of the federal government’s Covid-19 response for the reason that delta lockdown, usually going towards the scientific consensus on the pandemic. She’s additionally backed false claims that the 2020 US election was stolen from former president Donald Trump and has been described as a “9/11 truther” relating to a paper she wrote concerning the assaults.

This week, in footage seen by The Spinoff, Benjamin appeared on a Fb livestream hosted by conspiracy theorist Vinny Eastwood. In the course of the broadcast, Benjamin appeared to recommend the Covid-19 pandemic was a hoax and referred to as on New Zealanders to “stand up and fight”. She additionally commented on the federal government’s gun buyback scheme and the 2019 terrorist shootings at two Christchurch mosques that resulted within the loss of life of 51 folks.

“Christchurch was such an obvious false flag… I think that will be revealed in due course,” Benjamin stated on the livestream. “I don’t think this is going to go on forever, I think Christchurch will be revealed eventually.”

Learn the complete story right here.

10.30am: NZ to assist develop new rheumatic fever vaccine

New Zealand will assist develop a brand new vaccine to forestall rheumatic fever and rheumatic coronary heart illness.

Affiliate well being minister Ayesha Verrall confirmed that Auckland College will lead analysis into the vaccine improvement, complementing current work below method throughout the Tasman.

“As an infectious diseases doctor, I cared for rangitahi who experienced some of the worst outcomes from this illness,” stated Verrall. “Several had heart valve replacements that became infected, and some suffered strokes. I remember one young woman who needed a heart transplant, and later tragically died.”

The $10 million funding enhance will even assist actions resembling enhanced surveillance of Group A streptococcus, extra infrastructure for laboratory testing, and preparations to make sure New Zealand is able to conduct medical trials. “Because New Zealand and Australia are among the few developed countries to still have rheumatic fever, it makes sense for us to collaborate to develop a vaccine,” added Verrall.

8.30am: Hairdressers might reopen early in Auckland – report

I don’t learn about you, however I’ve grown to like my prolonged lockdown locks. That being stated, I most likely wouldn’t say no to the chance to have them trimmed and tidied up.

In keeping with TVNZ’s Katie Bradford, that could possibly be on the best way – and shortly. 1News understands hairdressers and wonder therapists could also be open subsequent week, forward of the shift into the site visitors mild system in round a fortnight.

It’s believed any loosening of restrictions would require using vaccine passes after they had been made accessible on Wednesday. Nevertheless, no ultimate selections have to this point been made and cupboard will subsequent meet on Monday.

One learn of this report is that it alerts a transfer to stage 3.3 which permits for hairdressers to reopen. Nevertheless, chatting with Newstalk ZB this morning, Ashley Bloomfield refused to sign whether or not he had suggested cupboard to ease restrictions in Auckland. Requested whether or not a transfer to stage 3.3 was doable, Bloomfield stated that was a call for the federal government.

8.00am: Worst case state of affairs reveals 16,000 delta circumstances per week as soon as Auckland opens up

A worst case state of affairs would see New Zealand dealing with 16,000 circumstances of Covid-19 each week from the beginning of 2022.

New modelling has revealed what would possibly occur as soon as the floodgates open and Aucklanders are free to maneuver across the nation from December 15. In keeping with the Herald, that determine of 16,000 comes from taking the worst prediction for case numbers for the world north of the Bombay Hills and tripling it for the entire nation.

However, well being minister Andrew Little stated it’s exhausting to know for certain how delta goes to unfold. “As it moves through the country, there’ll be outbreaks, numbers will spike in one area but not in another, and then it’ll reduce but spike somewhere else, or it might spike in multiple places,” he stated.

“That’s why it’s important each DHB and each group of DHBs on a regional basis are equipped to be geared up.”

Director common of well being Ashley Bloomfield instructed RNZ we’re not presently on observe to hit these worst predictions and he believed it was unlikely. “Even once that boundary lifts… we’re not going to see this sudden surge from 200 to 1000 or more cases overnight,” stated Bloomfield. Nevertheless, we’re heading towards a peak of 200 circumstances per day and Bloomfield stated mini-outbreaks will proceed outdoors of Auckland.

Yesterday’s high Covid headlines

  • There have been 167 new group circumstances of Covid-19 throughout Auckland, Northland, Waikato, Lakes and Canterbury.
  • As well as, new circumstances had been confirmed in Ashhurst (close to Palmerston North), Levin, Tauranga and Mount Maunganui.
  • There have been two extra Covid-related deaths. Each had been being handled in hospital.
  • 85 individuals are in hospital with Covid-19, together with six in intensive care.

7.30am: From The Bulletin

Some Groundswell organisers cancel deliberate protests due to ‘fringe elements’. Greater than 70 of the farming protests are scheduled over the weekend, however the Dominion Publish studies that organisers in Masterton have cancelled their occasion due to the specter of anti-vaxxers. Whereas Groundswell has an expansive agenda, plenty of farmers have expressed issues that the agricultural occasion has been hijacked. In keeping with the Southland Occasions, Act and Groundswell’s chief at the moment are asking for an apology after a authorities minister labelled the occasion “a mixture of racism and anti-vax”.

The Covid numbers: Two deaths had been reported yesterday. There are 85 circumstances in hospital and 6 in ICU/HDU. There at the moment are 4,172 energetic circumstances in New Zealand. 142 new group circumstances had been reported in Auckland yesterday, 17 in Waikato, 5 in Northland, 1 in Bay of Lots, 1 in Lakes DHB and 1 in Canterbury. 20,408 folks had been vaccinated on Wednesday.

The Spinoff’s Covid knowledge tracker has the most recent figures.

Cut price rates of interest are over, tons of of 1000’s abandon home desires. Fastened mortgage rates of interest are up in anticipation of future hikes in the price of borrowing by the reserve financial institution, that means it isn’t doable to dodge subsequent 12 months’s price will increase anymore, Stuff studies. The common one-year price was 3.82% final month and rising. Coupled with a surge in home costs, almost 300,000 New Zealanders have given up on plans to purchase a home, in accordance with BusinessDesk. Polling reveals 27% of non-homeowners don’t need to purchase property anymore, greater than double the speed over the previous three years. After years of frugal residing and saving, plenty of younger folks have simply given up as costs soar.

Authorities’s My Covid Document nonetheless crashing on second day. The Covid-19 minister stated the vaccine move web site was designed to deal with the complete nation’s inhabitants each few hours, however the authorities has now blamed overeager cyber defences for ongoing errors, in accordance with the NZ Herald. I requested Ben Gracewood, The Spinoff’s chief know-how officer, to clarify what’s happening:

It’s exhausting to know exactly what goes fallacious, however all indicators level to an overloaded system constructed on a rushed deadline. What we’re seeing appears to be the system letting a number of folks by means of at a time, whereas throwing errors for others. This entire factor is sort of actually a waking nightmare for most individuals who work in IT: deploying a system on a deadline with the entire nation watching. Some form of failure was just about assured. The actual check will probably be if the system can stay secure below the fixed low-level load we’ll anticipate over the approaching months.

You need to have the ability to construct a system to deal with 4 million vaccinated kiwis logging in directly, however doing it in 4 weeks on an affordable finances is a big ask.

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