October 11, 2021
Frisky young need to stay home to stop Covid spike
The Iwi Chairs Pandemic Response Group is calling on all New Zealanders to respect the travel restrictions to slow down the spread of the Covid Delta virus outbreak.
Co-leader Mike Smith says while some areas like Taitokerau and Tairāwhiti may be relatively easy to close off through checkpoints, other parts of the country have more porous boundaries, so police will only be able to do spot checks.
Rising case numbers have raised fears New Zealand could be in for a tough few weeks, and it’s important to limit the spread, especially among the unvaccinated, so hospital capacity is not overloaded.
“The best way we can do that is stay in your bubbles, stay home. We’re appealing to young people because they’re the ones all out and about wanting to meet up and engage socially so we are asking them to help protect their communities. We’ve got all the technology and gadgets to stay in contact with each other,” Mr Smith says.
There were 35 new community cases of Covid 19 reported today, all in Auckland.
So far just 14 have been linked to previous cases.
There are 33 cases in hospital, including one in Waikato Base Hospital and one in Palmerston North Hospital.
Yesterday there were 42,226 doses of vaccine administered, almost 80 percent of them second doses.