Second Covid-19 dies while isolating at home, as 163 new community cases reported

By RNZ.co.nz. Republished with permission.

Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson and Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay are giving the latest update on the government’s Covid-19 response.

Watch the media conference here:

Further testing is under way Taranaki after Covid-19 was detected in wastewater at Stratford. South Taranaki iwi health provider Ngati Ruanui said it was notified of a strong positive Covid-19 wastewater test result in the town.

As Auckland’s DHBs grow steadily closer to reaching 90 percent double vaccinated, Covid-19 modeller Shaun Hendy says the 90 percent target could still mean spending about three quarters of next year in the ‘Red’ traffic light setting. But he says vaccinating children would help.

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