April 02, 2020
Dr Rawiri Taonui: Covid-19 |Daily Update for Māori | The Debate about Wearing Masks
Covid-19 | Update for Māori | The Debate about Wearing Masks
Dr Rawiri Taonui 02 April 2020
New Zealand has 797 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and increase of 89 from yesterday. 81% of all cases are associated with overseas travel or contact with a known case. Community transmission is 1%. The number of Māori cases rose by 10 today, an increase of 22% from yesterday. Māori are now 7% of all cases, up 0.5% from yesterday, and up from 4% on March 29. This remains much lower than our 16.5% demographic and is likely related to Māori not travelling overseas as much, a population distribution outside of main centres away from international travel arrival points or simply because there has not been enough testing to detect more cases in the community. The government is increasing testing.
The government continues to recommend that non-health essential workers not wear masks, such as in supermarkets, although these employ many Māori staff. Other countries such as Austria are making masks compulsory in the retail sector.
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