October 01, 2021
More Covid cases expected in family clusters
Auckland Council’s Māori portfolio head says if Māori community leaders were listened to from the beginning of the lockdown, Māori vaccination rates would be higher.
Manurewa-Papakura ward councillor Angela Dalton says health authorities are still resisting putting Māori in positions of leadership.
She blames that for Māori vaccination rates being lower than any other group – and says despite a lack of support, Māori providers are showing how it can be done.
“We use our local community-led or Maori-led organisations to go to our people so I hope someone is taking good notes for how this last piece of the Covid vaccination roll out is taking place and we learn from the future,” Ms Dalton says.
There were 19 new community cases of Covid-19 in Auckland today, all but one of which has been linked to a previous case.
Director of public health Dr Caroline McElnay says authorities are expecting an additional 35 cases in coming days among household contacts.
There are 23 cases in hospital, including four in ICU.
She says a person who self-discharged after testing positive at Middlemore on Wednesday was being moved into quarantine today.
There were 19,000 tests processed in the previous 24 hours, including 11,000 in Auckland.