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Covid 19 Update

Posted: 6 May 20

Tēnā koutou katoa,

The latest update from Tu Kainga has some interesting Covid 19 news….

“There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported for the second day in a row today.  One case that was previously reported as probable, was reclassified as not a case, so the total number of confirmed and probable cases fell by one to 1,486.

88% of all confirmed and probable cases have now recovered.  There are 164 active cases of COVID-19 in Aotearoa.

Today was International Midwives Day.  Throughout Alert Levels 4 and 3, around 6,700 babies were born in Aotearoa.  Midwives and new mothers have faced many challenges due to COVID-19.  He nui te mihi ki a rātou!

The Epidemic Response Committee returned today with a focus on education.  The Committee heard from Early Childhood Council, New Zealand Principals Federation, school principals, and the Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University.  No one from the Māori medium education sector was invited to appear before the Committee.

Changes to insolvency and company law are progressing through the COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Bill as they Government announced today support for businesses facing insolvency due to COVID-19.  The Bill also includes measures to support commercial tenants and landlords struggling to pay rent or to meet their mortgage obligations.

Overseas, the BBC news reported tonight that a patient diagnosed with pneumonia near Paris, France on 27 December 2019 actually had the coronavirus.  This means that the virus may have arrived in Europe almost a month earlier than previously thought.  With symptoms of the virus taking between 5 to 14 days to appear, the 43 year old man from Bobigny must have been infected between 14 and 22 December 2019 – four days before the World Health Organisation’s China country office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause being detected in Wuhan, China.”

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