February 01, 2022
Omicron puts hapū in care frontline
National’s health spokesperson says whānau and hapū will find themselves in the front line of providing care for those with Omicron.
Shane Reti expects hundreds of new cases a day of the highly infectious Covid variant by early March.
While a smaller percentage of people will need hospital care, there will be a huge stress on primary care as people get through it at home.
“Cases will be pushed out to the community, so remote and rural areas, iwi-hapū, they will be responsible for managing their oved ones, so this is going to be a challenge as the numbers escalate,” he says.
Dr Reti says there will still be Delta cases putting pressure on ICU beds.