November 12, 2021
Dr Rawiri Taonui | Over 100 new Māori cases and 2,000 in total
• There were 201 new cases in the Delta OutBreak today.
• This is the second-highest daily total in the outbreak.
• The four highest daily totals have come in the last seven days (185, 190, 201, 206).
• The new total of all cases is 5,196.
• There are now cases in five DHB regions: Auckland Metro, Northland, Waikato, Taranaki, and Canterbury.
• The risk of a simultaneous multi-location runaway event is medium to high.
• At the current seven-day rate of 166.7 cases per day, there will be a total of 13,364 cases by Christmas.
• There were 108 Māori cases today. This is the highest Māori daily total in the outbreak.
• Māori are the highest daily cases for the 40th consecutive day.
• The Māori total passes the 2,000 threshold with 2,001 cases.
• Māori have the highest active cases with 1,444. This is concerning because high active cases translate into higher hospitalisations.
• At the current seven-day rate of 79 Māori cases per day, there will be 5,872 Māori cases by Christmas.
• The Ministry appears not to have followed advice last year to prepare a home isolation plan for a large-scale event.
• The Ministry of Health does have a plan, but for a smaller event. While comprehensive on paper, the language is middle-class, remote, difficult to understand and appears to be struggling to operate in practice.
• There are 3,400 positive cases and whānau or family members isolating in 1,000 households in four regions.
• There have been three home isolation deaths in the last week. Two were Māori.
• It is crucially important that Māori develop plans to care for those who are sick, protect those who are not.
Kia noho haumaru
Dr Rawiri Taonui