Coronavirus Covid 19: No new community cases, seven in isolation managed

New Zealand

A Covid-19 vaccination center in St Johns, Auckland. Photo / Alex Burton

There are no community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, and seven in managed isolation.

The number of isolated active cases is 32, with four previously reported cases now recovered.

The transtasman travel bubble break with South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and Victoria will end at 11.59pm tonight.

The travel break for Western Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Queensland is still in place and will be reviewed on Tuesday.

In the case of the Australian traveler to Wellington, authorities confirmed that 2,710 people had been identified as contacts, 98% of whom returned a negative result.

Six remaining people are actively followed by the contact tracing teams.


Opening of the border to qualified teachers from overseas

The door is open for 300 foreign qualified teachers to come to New Zealand under a new class border exception, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced yesterday.

Teachers already employed in New Zealand, but who left the country and were unable to return to work after the pandemic triggered border closures to almost all non-citizen or resident arrivals may also be eligible, a said Hipkins.

“A separate border exception for family reunification is being created for partners and dependent children of teachers who are already in New Zealand on temporary visas.

“Many families were separated when border restrictions were put in place to protect New Zealand from Covid-19 and we know it has been difficult for them. We are happy to finally be able to reunite teachers with their families. . “

Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the border exemption policy yesterday.  Photo / Mark Mitchel
Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the border exemption policy yesterday. Photo / Mark Mitchel

Teachers already in New Zealand will be able to apply to bring their partners and dependent children for the duration of their visa.

The criteria are on the ministry’s website here.

More than half of sick people do not get tested for Covid

Almost two-thirds of New Zealanders surveyed chose not to be tested for Covid-19 even when they are sick, new research shows.

Commissioned by the Royal College of Pathologists in Australasia, the research interviewed around 1,000 people in New Zealand last month.

It showed that 64% of people chose not to get tested, despite showing cold and flu symptoms in the past six months. Despite this, 87% said they were proud of the country’s high testing standards.

Symptoms of Covid-19 are similar to those of the flu and may include a new or worsening cough, fever (at least 38 ° C), shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing and runny nose and a temporary loss of smell.

Some people may have less typical symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, headache, myalgia (muscle pain), nausea / vomiting, or confusion / irritability.

RCPA President Michael Dray said the statistics were “concerning” given that the highly contagious Delta variant was circulating in communities around the world.

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