New Zealand to pursue Covid elimination strategy indefinitely

New Zealand will continue to pursue its ambitious Covid-19 elimination strategy indefinitely, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said

The prime minister warned that New Zealand would always need some kind of protection at its border. “Just like after 9/11, the border will never be the same after Covid … things can change, but that doesn’t mean we can’t adapt to them in a way that eventually feels normal again.”

TheGuardian report



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New Zealand: full national lockdown after a single case of Delta variant detected

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced an alert-level 4 lockdown in New Zealand starting at 11.59pm tonight for seven days in Auckland and Coromandel, and three days elsewhere.

The NZ Ministry of Health announced about 2.30pm today a new case had been found in the community in Auckland, saying a link between the case and the border or managed isolation had not been established.

In announcing the government’s decision Ardern said going hard and early had worked before and that the Delta variant was harder to combat.

Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said “We are one of the last country’s in the world to have the Delta variant in our community. This has given us the chance to learn from others.”

Locations of interest for the latest Covid-19 outbreak in New Zealand can be found here report


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Google’s Larry Page heads for the Covid-19 lifeboat

Immigration New Zealand has confirmed that Google co-founder Larry Page is a resident of New Zealand. The billionaire co-founder of Google Larry Page was reportedly granted entry into New Zealand, despite the border being closed to non-residents A Immigration New Zealand spokesperson told 1 NEWS: “After their first trip to New Zealand as a resident, they are entitled to travel to New Zealand as long as it is consistent with the conditions of their resident visa”.

In January, Page spent time in Aotearoa despite the country’s border closure due to Covid-19 because his child was sick.

Only permanent residents and citizens are granted entry into the country during the pandemic, but Page and his son were granted an exception. report


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New Zealand: Wellington under level 2 #coronavirus lockdown following Sydney Delta traveller alert

The Wellington region of New Zealand has been in coronavirus alert level 2 since last week after a man from Sydney travelled round the capital while he had the Delta variant of the virus.

The partner of the Sydney man infected with Covid-19 has tested positive. The couple visited several locations in Wellington before testing positive. The partner originally returned a negative test, but later tested positive. The trans-Tasman bubble has been closed due to the increasing number of cases coming to New Zealand from Australia. report

Australia: Sydney goes into #coronavirus lockdown with 80 cases


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New Zealand: fully vaccinated airport worker tests positive for #coronavirus

The Auckland Airport worker who has tested positive for Covid-19 cleans planes from high risk Covid-19 ‘red-zone countries’, and had been fully vaccinated, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. They were fully vaccinated early on in the campaign and were last tested on 12 and 19 April, she said. Yesterday’s test returned a positive result today.

“The reason this person was part of our surveillance testing was because they were working in an area we consider to be high-risk. They are coming in contact with the planes that are carrying passengers from high risk countries and so that is a place where our workers, they are in the kinds of roles that means they need to be tested, they need to be vaccinated, but they also need to be thanked for the jobs that they do because of the risk that it carries.” report



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Boris Johnson: “many more people will lose loved ones to #coronavirus”

12th March 2020 – Boris Johnson: “many more people will lose loved ones to coronavirus” (Guardian).       

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Three ‘new and active’ #Coronavirus cases found in South Auckland, New Zealand

Air New Zealand has stopped offering food and drinks on domestic flights following news today that a woman who tested positive for Covid-19 works for an airline catering company.

There are three community Covid-19 cases in South Auckland – a mother, father and daughter from Papatoetoe.

Full NZHerald report


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NZ: Travellers are quarantined by planeload “because we know that is one of sources of infection is the plane journey itself”

Chris Hipkins, NZ Covid-19 Response Minister: “The policy was to try and keep planeloads of people together in managed isolation because transmission within planes has been a problem.

“If you were isolating out the people who came from the US, the UK or South Africa and then separated them out from others you might potentially increase the risk.

“The safest thing to do is to keep each planeload together because we know that is one of sources of infection is the plane journey itself.”


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New Zealand woman tests positive for #coronavirus 2 days AFTER her quarantine period ended. #B117 suspected

The new case of Covid-19 in the NZ community is a 56-year-old woman. She travelled to Spain and the Netherlands late last year before returning to NZ on December 30.

She went through MIQ at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel and was released on January 13 after testing negative.

She then travelled around the southern part of Northland, to about 30 different locations in areas around Mangawhai, Dargaville and Helensville, and became symptomatic on January 15.

The strain is unknown but officials are acting on the assumption it is one of the new, more transmissible strains. She has four close contacts who have been tested and are isolating.


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New Zealand ice cream tests positive for #coronavirus in China

“Three samples of ice cream made from New Zealand-sourced milk powder and Ukrainian dried whey tested positive for COVID-19 in North China’s Tianjin, authorities announced Thursday. The company has been cordoned off and tracking of the sold products is ongoing.

The positive samples were discovered after they were sent for testing on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the ingredients include milk powder from New Zealand and dried whey from Ukraine.”


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60 million confirmed #coronavirus infections globally, and the rate is still increasing

There have now been more than 60,000,000 confirmed coronavirus infections globally and the infection rate is still increasing.