Covid-19 lockdown day 5: the way it unfolded

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2021-08-22 14:03:56

A search has begun for individuals who had been close to an MIQ facility at an important time, 1 million Kiwis are totally vaccinated, sign-ins are actually necessary for many occasions and companies and a free childcare scheme is now in place for important employees.

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Obligatory use of the Covid Tracer app is imminent; Dr Ashley Bloomfield is vaccinated, free childcare is being supplied to important employees and drive-through vaccinations begin for some Aucklanders.
Picture: RNZ / Stuff/Pool/ 123RF

The variety of group instances of Covid-21 grew by 21 at present, 20 in Auckland and one in Wellington, taking the full quantity within the present outbreak to 72.

At a media briefing at present, Director Basic of Well being Dr Ashley Bloomfield stated there are 8677 contacts – nearly all thought of ‘shut contacts’.

Dr Bloomfield stated a number of new instances are linked to a service on the Samoan Meeting of God church in Māngere final Sunday.

Investigators making an attempt to work out how Covid-19 bought into the group are specializing in three individuals who used a public walkway close to the Crowne Plaza MIQ facility in Auckland.

The most certainly supply of the present outbreak is taken into account to be an individual getting back from New South Wales, and Dr Bloomfield stated CCTV footage of the individual’s switch into MIQ on 12 August is being examined.

Contact tracers are working with police to try to discover the individuals and see if they might have been uncovered to the virus on the time they used the walkway.

Transmission by way of MIQ employees to the group as a reason for the outbreak is nearly utterly dominated out so there stays a lacking hyperlink as to how the Delta variant unfold into the group.

Places of curiosity increasing

The places of curiosity record linked to the outbreak is now nearly 300, with a Kmart, a McDonalds and a Farro grocery store added this afternoon.

The Well being Ministry has determined to replace its places of curiosity record extra often – each two hours from at present.

Websites added at present embrace the Kmart at St Lukes, Countdown and Farro supermarkets in Gray Lynn, Horizon Radiology in Otara, New World Papatoetoe, McDonalds New Lynn, and the eating corridor on the College of Auckland’s Grafton campus. The home terminals at each Auckland and Wellington airports are additionally now on the record.

Locations of interest announced on Sunday

Places of curiosity introduced on Sunday
Picture: Google Maps

Obligatory scanning

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Chris Hipkins
Picture: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

Necessary sign-ins are being launched for busy locations and huge gatherings to make sure the federal government can contact hint shortly, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins introduced at present.

This implies these chargeable for companies and occasions might want to guarantee individuals preserve a document once they go to, both by scanning QR codes with the Covid-19 Tracer App or making a guide document.

There will probably be fines of between $300 to $1000 for companies that fail to maintain contact tracing data according to what the federal government at present has in place below the Covid-19 Response Act.

“It’s clear that when individuals use the app or manually sign up, reasonably than counting on reminiscence, contact tracing can occur far more shortly,” Hipkins stated.

The speed of individuals scanning has dropped dramatically since final yr’s alert stage 4 lockdown.

Extra data might be discovered on the federal government’s web site.

Milestone in vaccination rollout

Greater than one million New Zealanders are actually vaccinated and 73 % of individuals over the age of 40 are both vaccinated or booked in to get the vaccine, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins instructed the media briefing.

One other 382,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will arrive in New Zealand tomorrow, he stated.

Greater than 50,000 doses had been administered yesterday – a weekend document.

Round 1500 individuals had been vaccinated at present on the primary day of New Zealand’s largest drive-through vaccination centre in South Auckland.

Twenty-seven vaccinators administered doses to 1577 individuals on the pop-up vaccination centre on the Park and Journey web site at Auckland Airport.

These vaccinated included individuals who had been invited after their bookings had been disrupted final week as a result of stage 4 lockdown. The centre’s preliminary focus is on vaccinating individuals who must re-book, airport employees and important employees.

In the meantime within the capital, Dr Bloomfield was amongst these receiving the vaccination at present, lining up on the Pipetea Marae.

He stated after months of speaking concerning the vaccine it was nice to obtain it and he’s encouraging others to observe swimsuit.

Assist for fogeys who’re important employees

The federal government has agreed to place a scheme again in place to make sure important employees can have entry to free childcare, Chris Hipkins stated.

The Ministry of Schooling is working with 32 totally different suppliers throughout the nation.

The scheme will probably be obtainable for emergency companies, border employees and others who should go to work in Stage 4.

A carer will journey to the house to take care of the youngsters in a single family with dad and mom in a position to guide in from at present.

Police ‘glad’ regardless of arrests, warnings

Police are nonetheless coping with stage 4 breaches throughout the nation however say that general they’re proud of the extent of compliance.

Since stage 4 got here into place at midnight Tuesday, 23 individuals have been charged with 27 offences (primarily protest exercise) as of 5pm yesterday.

In the identical time interval, 65 individuals had been issued with formal warnings.

Police have additionally obtained 4487 breach notifications from the general public – 2550 had been about an unlawful gathering, 1542 had been a couple of enterprise, and 395 had been about an individual’s actions.

Police have issued 174 infringements, with 146 of these being as a result of the individual failed to stay at their house or place of residence.

From baking to birds

Typically lockdown wants a lighter facet and one RNZ listener/ reader impressed us along with her murals presenting Dr Bloomfield in edible kind.

A portrait pie of Dr. Ashley Bloomfield.

A portrait pie of Dr. Ashley Bloomfield.
Picture: Provided / Devoney Scarfe

Then there was that memorable second through the press convention at present when Chris Hipkins despatched Twitter right into a little bit of a tizz along with his slip of the tongue whereas discussing the significance of train.

Even the prime minister’s fiancee joined in:

To spherical issues off an RNZ staffer was impressed with how this masked girl was spending her Sunday afternoon.


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