February 17, 2022
Internet plans for Covid self-isolation support slammed
A south Auckland community leader says a Health Ministry plan for people self-isolating with Covid to remain in contact through mobile phones and the internet won’t work.
Te Puea Marae chair Hurimoana Dennis says he understands the need to shift to self-islolation to take pressure off hospitals,
But many whānau being supported by Māori providers don’t have mobile phones and online services.
“There needs to be another stream of members like Taumata Kōrero (Auckland iwi and marae collective) being included with the resources so we can get into these communities and work with our agencies to keep them safe,” Mr Dennis says.
He says the ministry’s approach will leave increasing numbers isolated at home without the food and medicine they need, so he’s urging people to contact their marae or Māori provider to line up support.
There were a record of 1543 new cases of Covid 19 reported today, bringing a total of active cases to 8734, 6000 of them in Tāmaki Makaurau.