Covid-19 outbreak situation report: What happened today, October 24



Here’s a quick round up of the biggest updates from October 24 on the Covid-19 Delta outbreak, including latest case and locations of interest details. Cases There were 80 new community cases reported on Sunday – 77 in Auckland, two in Waikato and one in Northland, a family member of the four cases announced Saturday. As of 10am, 34 of the newly announced cases have been linked, the Ministry of Health said in a written statement, while 43 cases remain unlinked.Phil Walter/Getty ImagesThere were 80 new community cases to report on Sunday. Seventy-seven in Auckland, two in Waikato and one in Northland. (File photo) READ MORE:* Covid-19: What we know (and don’t know) about vaccine certificates* Covid-19: The new traffic lights look good, but 90 per cent vaccination rate will be hard to hit* Covid-19: Locations of interest in Delta outbreak – October 24* Covid-19: 80 new community cases across Auckland, Waikato and Northland Interviews are continuing with a person who tested positive in Blenheim on Saturday – the South Island’s first positive case since 2020. Two of the positive case’s household contacts have tested negative and are also in isolation. The person is understood to be unvaccinated, a ministry spokesperson said. There are currently 50 people in hospital with Covid-19, four of which are in intensive care or high dependency care units. Key news The Government’s new Covid-19 framework relies heavily on vaccination certificates, but how the certificates will work remains unclear. Here’s what we know (and don’t know) about vaccine certificates. The owner of KiwiCamp Riverlands, a camp site identified as a location of interest in relation to Blenheim’s Covid case, is hoping he and his team have dodged a bullet. The case stayed at the campsite on Thursday night and left on Friday morning, however thanks to cameras monitoring the place and the mobile data collected through the app, owner Chris Wagner says they know exactly what happened and that luckily there was “no else there at the time”. A mother is calling on everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated for the health and safety of those who are immunocompromised, like her eight-year-old daughter Lily Leadbetter. Her daughter is New Zealand’s youngest heart transplant recipients. Lily’s immune system cannot cope with even minor infections – and because she is under 12, the protection vaccination provides is not an option. “Lily wants people to get vaccinated so we can all be together again, and to keep children like her safe from Covid as she does not want to be in hospital again,” says mum Veronika Klingler.SUPPLIEDNew Zealand’s youngest heart transplant recipient Lily Leadbetter with her mum Veronika Klingler and dog Millie at their Seatoun home. By the time Auckland senior students return to school on Tuesday, they would have spent the equivalent of an entire school term away from the classroom. With other Auckland pupils still away from school, there are fears that Covid is creating an educational divide, especially in south Auckland, where some students are also juggling jobs to help support their families. Ruth Shinoda, ERO’s deputy chief executive, says research to date indicated that Auckland students will face particular challenges from this lockdown. NCEA students are likely to be the most impacted and may struggle and schools in lower socio-economic communities will be the most in need of help. Meanwhile, police are making “slow progress” in getting Covid-19 vaccinations, according to an internal email sent from the top cop’s chief adviser. Frontline police were not prioritised in the Government’s initial roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine, a decision which led to frustrations from the Police Association, which said unvaccinated staff would be “non-deployable” during a Covid outbreak. Police Commissioner Andrew Coster’s chief adviser, Cassandra Anderson, sent an update on vaccination rates to senior staff on Friday which showed that from Thursday, 83 per cent of the total workforce had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 70 per cent were fully vaccinated.Ricky Wilson/StuffAs of Thursday, 83 per cent of the total workforce have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 70 per cent were fully vaccinated. (File photo) Locations of interest A number of new locations of interest in Auckland have been added Sunday, including Green Bay Fruit and Vegies in Glen Eden, a Mobil petrol station in Newton on Karangahape Rd and Herne Bay Pharmacy which was visited by a positive case on October 19. On October 21, Westmere Butchery on Auckland’s West End Rd was also visited by a Covid case between 3.40pm and 4pm. A full list of locations of interest in Auckland can be found here. Google Maps/SuppliedA dairy in the Northland town of Mangamuku was visited by a Covid case on October 18. Outside of Auckland there are currently eight locations of interest associated with the positive case in Blenheim. New World, Countdown Blenheim, Couplands Bakery, Mitre 10 Mega, Shosha, Wairau Pharmacy, Marlborough Airport, and KiwiCamp Riverlands, which were visited between October 21 and October 22. The case’s flight numbers were flight NZ8231 Rotorua to Wellington at 7am, and Flight NZ8725 Wellington to Blenheim at 9am. Anyone who have been to these locations should monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 14 days since the visit, and get tested as soon as they are symptomatic. A dairy in the Northland town of Mangamuka was also linked to the Delta outbreak, visited on October 18 and a Caltex petrol station in Te Awamutu was also visited by a Covid case on October 20. Lockdown life While Halloween parties and trick of treating might be out of the picture for those of us still in lockdown, it doesn’t mean you should miss out on a bit of Halloween fun with your bubble. Dress up for the occasion with these easy pop culture-inspired outfit ideas and check out this list of horror movies that will spook you silly. If, instead, you’d rather stick to whipping up tasty new recipes give The Caker’s lemon, olive oil and tarragon cake a go or this smoked salmon, asparagus and potato salad, perfect for spring.



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