Ashley Bloomfield Health Director.Photo / Mark Mitchell
The Covid-19 strain detected in Taranaki wastewater is likely to be a highly infectious delta mutant, said Maori Party co-leader Debbie Ngaleva Packer.
Her comment is because the Ministry of Health is set to provide the latest Covid-19 update in a 1 pm statement.
Ngarewa-Packer, also a leader of the South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui, said community leaders across Taranaki were told by the Taranaki Local Health Commission during the briefing that they were likely to be “the only variant at this time.”
Ngarewa-Packer said he was concerned that wastewater testing was currently confined to the New Plymouth area and hoped to extend it throughout the area for a “temporary” community.
The Maori Party also sought a guarantee of regional inspection capabilities in the event of an outbreak that DHB could not provide, she said.
She said the DHB was aimed at testing 800 people in the next few days to ensure that Covid-19 wasn’t in the community.
Taranaki has some of the lowest immunization rates in the country, especially for Maori people.
“We are really aware of the vulnerabilities of the community and want to make sure everything is done and communication is communicated to the community,” she said.
“This shows that we need to implement a proactive regional strategy and we [Covid-19 Response Minister] Chris Hypkins. “
This fact was revealed yesterday as two new positive cases were identified in controlled quarantine. There are no cases left in the community.
The two most recent arrivals are from the United States and the United Kingdom. US travelers arrived on a direct flight on July 12, and tested positive on the 12th day of the routing test.
A traveler from the United Kingdom came to New Zealand on a flight via the United Arab Emirates and tested positive for Covid on day 0 of the routine test.
Both people are in Auckland’s controlled quarantine and quarantine facilities.
The Ministry of Health also unveiled two new historic incidents among the crew of the Playazahara fishing vessel attacked by Covid-19.
Both seafarers continue to undergo surveillance tests and are quarantined on ships at The Lyttelton Harbor in Christchurch.
Since the beginning of this year, 105 of a total of 689 cases have been identified as past Covid cases.
According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 19 previously reported cases have since recovered.
Some of the latest information from health officials also acknowledged a response to a call to people in New Plymouth to take the Covid test after two positive wastewater results were found in Taranaki last week.
“The ministry continues to urge people with symptoms of Taranaki, or those who have recently arrived from Australia with or without symptoms of recent visits to Taranaki, to be tested.”
Anyone with flu-like symptoms consistent with Covid-19 will be encouraged to call 0800 3585453 health line..
As of yesterday, there are 58 active cases in New Zealand. The 7-day moving average for new cases found at the border is 7.
“One of the previously reported positive cases was reviewed and classified as’not a case’, and the second previously reported positive case was reclassified as under investigation,” the MoH statement said.
“Both cases have been removed from the case total.”
The total number of Covid-19 cases confirmed in New Zealand is 2506 as of yesterday’s official results.
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