October 22 2021
New Zealand will transfer to a brand new “site visitors gentle” system to handle Covid-19 when District Well being Boards have 90 per cent of its eligible inhabitants vaccinated.
There are 129 new Covid instances in the neighborhood simply after the Prime Minister revealed the Government’s new traffic light system to go away lockdowns behind.
100 and twenty of the instances are in Auckland and 9 are in Waikato.
As at 9am as we speak, 64 of those instances are linked, of whom 25 are family contacts, and 65 stay unlinked with investigations persevering with to assist decide their connection to the present outbreak, the Ministry of Well being mentioned.
Replace on case who travelled to Hawke’s Bay
Public well being officers in Waikato are persevering with to research a neighborhood case who travelled to Hawke’s Bay earlier than returning a constructive Covid-19 consequence.
One location of curiosity, Kmart Napier, has been recognized and anybody there between 3:53pm–5:13 pm on Friday October 15 is requested to watch their signs for 14 days and if any develop, get examined and keep at house till a detrimental take a look at result’s obtained and so they have been symptom-free for twenty-four hours.
No additional places of curiosity in Hawke’s Bay have been recognized however locals are requested to please maintain checking the Ministry of Well being’s web site.
There have been no constructive detections for Covid-19 in the newest wastewater samples collected from Hastings (October 19 and 20), Napier (October 18 and 20), and Wairoa (October 15 and 19).
Additional samples from these websites will likely be collected subsequent week, the ministry mentioned.
New Zealand will transfer into the system to handle Covid-19 when District Health Boards have 90 per cent of their eligible populations vaccinated.
The site visitors gentle system will use vaccine certificates to permit complying companies to proceed to function always – it also needs to finish nationwide lockdowns, though the Authorities retains the suitable to make use of smaller, localised lockdowns.
Case numbers have now been hopping round in latest days, with 94 instances on Tuesday and 102 instances on Thursday. Specialists are tipping numbers to proceed to develop.
Director basic of well being Ashley Bloomfield yesterday mentioned case numbers are doubling each 10 to 12 days. He mentioned the important thing level was what number of of these individuals who caught Covid-19 have been vaccinated.
Just one.7 per cent of individuals hospitalised within the Delta outbreak have been vaccinated.
There are nonetheless about 150,000 eligible folks in Auckland – and 616,000 eligible folks nationwide – who’re but to get a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Ninety-four of yesterday’s instances are in Auckland and eight are in Waikato, Bloomfield mentioned.
Deputy PM Grant Robertson mentioned “undoubtedly” there will likely be extra instances rising in Waikato.
Unlinked ‘thriller instances’
Forty of yesterday’s 102 instances usually are not linked to the outbreak, whereas 30 are family contacts. Twenty of Wednesday’s instances additionally stay unlinked.
Bloomfield mentioned a rising variety of unlinked instances is to be anticipated, and an important data is to search out their contacts.
Bloomfield mentioned discovering instances and excessive charges of testing is vital. Utilizing modelling of Auckland, officers have a way they’re discovering a lot of the instances, he mentioned.
“It is turning into more and more clear that Covid is a illness amongst the unvaccinated.”
New UK knowledge reveals of 40,000 sufferers hospitalised 84 per cent weren’t vaccinated. In New Zealand solely three people who have been hospitalised have been vaccinated, he mentioned.
Bloomfield reminded anybody with signs in New Lynn and North Shore suburbs to get examined as quickly as potential, however wherever in Auckland as properly he mentioned.
Robertson mentioned officers have been planning for the well being system to deal with rising instances, corresponding to sharing workforce across the nation. At this time six persons are in ICU and people charges are holding regular and never a problem proper now.
Robertson additionally urged Aucklanders to stay to the foundations over this coming lengthy weekend.