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Outbreak of Covid 19 Delta: The first case of Delta on the South Island should “increase vaccination rate”

Covid-19 returned to the South Island on Saturday after 104 community cases of Covid-19 were reported. Includes two people under the age of 12 in Northland.Video / NZ Herald

The first case of the Covid-19 Delta variant on the South Island should act as a “kick up the back”, leading to a surge in vaccination, community and business leaders say.

A young man who flew from Rotorua last Thursday, linked to the Te Awamutu cluster, tested positive for Covid-19 late Friday night.

This is the first community case in a year on the South Island.

According to the Ministry of Health, this case is at low risk and is likely to occur later in the infection.

Men are quarantined, as are a few identified close contacts, awaiting further test results.

The news that Delta finally hit the mainland a year after dodging the virus hit Brenham’s businesses hard.

Brenham residents are encouraged to be tested even if their symptoms are mild.Photo / NZ Herald Anthony Phelps
Brenham residents are encouraged to be tested even if their symptoms are mild.Photo / NZ Herald Anthony Phelps

Annette Gould, the accommodation manager at Copperbuna House, was shaken by the news.

“It doesn’t surprise me, I think we were waiting for this to happen, but I really have to be tighter at the hostel,” Gould said.

Gould is currently considering a mandatory vaccination certificate for all visitors.

“You might say that there are no newcomers unless they are vaccinated. Those who are already here will need to be vaccinated until the end of November,” she said.

According to Gould, the widespread outbreak would be catastrophic, she advised all backpackers to get a jab.

“So far, I’ve survived two blockades. The first blockade was hell, the second blockade was horrifying, and I managed to keep going,” she said.

“A single Covid hit would have to shut down and everyone would lose their job. The impact would be enormous.”

The news that Delta finally hit the mainland a year after dodging the virus hit Brenham's businesses hard.Photo / NZ Herald Anthony Phelps
The news that Delta finally hit the mainland a year after dodging the virus hit Brenham’s businesses hard.Photo / NZ Herald Anthony Phelps

According to Pete Caldwell, general manager of the Marlboro Chamber of Commerce, the shock was to “kick up the back” that South Island needed.

Caldwell says the South Islanders feel “isolated” from the virus and have lived a relatively normal life for the past 12 months.

Hospitality and tourism have been hit hardest by Covid-19 in the Marlboro region, but many other companies are suffering from the knock-on effect.

However, most companies have returned to a “look normal” state until today’s news.

“Today, they’re just wondering if they’ll be locked down again,” Caldwell said.

“Hopefully, this latest case is really isolated and doesn’t spread, and if that scenario comes true, it’s just a vaccination, vaccination, vaccination case.

“Even if this is included, we will arrive here again at some point. Therefore, we need to get the vaccination number and get it right away.”

Marlborough’s general manager, Marcus Pickens, said the announcement would give everyone in the wine sector an “unpleasant afternoon.”

But another current blockade, or a sudden move to tighter restrictions, “will not be the worst time for the industry,” Pickens said, with the February-May harvest being the most important time. be.

“We’ve done so many rehearsals that it’s not unexpected and it’s now familiar,” he said.

Several Oakland citizens allegedly traveled to Brenham in violation of Covid’s travel ban.

They include two sex workers arrested at a Brenham motel and a businessman allegedly flew from below for a real estate appraisal.

Brenham people are urged to check the list of places of interest that are updated regularly.

“We want Brenham residents to be tested, no matter how mild or vaccinated,” the Ministry of Health said.

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Outbreak of Covid 19 Delta: The first case of Delta on the South Island should “increase vaccination rate”

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