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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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