As Northlanders lined up for checks for the second day in a row, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced New Zealand is a step nearer to getting the Pfizer vaccine. Here is a abstract of at this time’s Covid-19 information.
Northland’s Covid-19 testing stations have been busy once more at this time after a girl who lived within the area examined constructive for Covid-19.
The 56-year-old girl returned a constructive take a look at this week after two detrimental outcomes whereas in managed isolation. She departed isolation on the Pullman Resort on 13 January and returned residence to Northland, earlier than travelling to a number of areas within the area and Helensville in north-west Auckland.
She visited 31 places of curiosity, and individuals who visited the identical locations across the identical time are thought-about informal contacts.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at this time urged informal contacts and other people with Covid-19 signs to get examined, and mentioned queues at testing stations shouldn’t be clogged up by individuals who did not match these classes.
There have been two new cases of the virus reported at this time. One individual got here from Japan and the opposite got here from Portugal through the United Arab Emirates. Each arrived on Sunday.
Investigation underway at Pullman Resort
New Zealand’s sole group case of Covid-19 has 16 potential shut contacts, 15 whom have returned detrimental take a look at outcomes.
The pressure she has is the South African variant. Auckland College professor Shaun Hendy informed Morning Report that New Zealand should be ready to move alert levels if there was an outbreak of the extremely transmissible variant.
Well being officers consider she contracted the virus whereas staying in managed isolation on the Pullman Resort.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins mentioned while it is unlikely she caught it through the lodge’s air flow system, that was one state of affairs which was being investigated. It was extra doubtless she got here involved with somebody who had it or touched a contaminated floor.
Work is underway on the lodge to take a look at potential points with air flow and a full an infection, prevention and management audit begun this morning, Hipkins mentioned.
In the meantime, 157 Pullman Resort employees have been examined, together with 192 visitors at the moment within the facility. Of these, 30 nonetheless have take a look at outcomes to return, and all others have examined detrimental.
– Learn extra about what we all know in regards to the South African variant here.
Pfizer vaccine might be accepted subsequent week
Talking through the first post-Cupboard media briefing of the 12 months, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned swift progress was being made on Covid-19 immunisation.
Approval for the Pfizer vaccine may come as early as Wednesday subsequent week.
The nation may take supply of the primary batch of vaccine as quickly as Pfizer may ship them, she mentioned.
As vaccines arrive, immunisation will work via precedence teams.
The main focus could be to vaccinate border staff and their shut contacts first. They are going to begin to obtain vaccinations about two to 3 weeks after the vaccine arrives.
A mass vaccination marketing campaign is prone to start in the course of the 12 months, Ardern mentioned.
Trans-Tasman bubble ‘more and more troublesome’
The federal government is now enjoying down the chance of a full Trans-Tasman bubble, after beforehand suggesting one might be in place by the top of March.
Australia had already opened its borders to New Zealanders – however abruptly re-introduced quarantine necessities after the most recent case in Northland.
Ardern mentioned whereas officers are nonetheless pursuing two-way journey, it will not work if the borders have been repeatedly shut at brief discover.
Officers are nonetheless pursuing a journey bubble with Pacific islands, however Ardern warned the border scenario with the remainder of the world would doubtless stay the identical for the remainder of the 12 months.
Iwi set to reinstate Covid-19 checkpoints
Iwi within the North are set to reinstate Covid-19 checkpoints.
Te Tai Tokerau Border Management mentioned it met final evening to debate tips on how to cope with the group case within the area.
Its regional co-ordinator Reuben Taipari mentioned the iwi was disillusioned that the federal government had didn’t provoke plans to guard susceptible kaumātua and kuia within the north.
He mentioned they have been in contact with police, iwi and well being authorities about organising checkpoints.
Dates and occasions are but to be confirmed.