September 08, 2022
Masks still needed as Covid sticks around
The Ministry of Health’s deputy director Maori is warning Maori not to get complacent about stopping the spread of Covid.
John Whaanga says of the 13,000 active cases recorded as of Monday, 1500 or 11 percent were Maori with 18 percent of those in hospital were Maori.
It’s no time to get hoha about taking the necessary precautions.
“Overall case numbers are declining but I think some of the tikanga hauora we’ve continued on for a little while now, even though I know people get hoha, wearing a mask for instance, saying home if you’re sick, they’re still really important ways to stop the spread of illness if you are unwell so those sorts of things are still really important,” Mr Whaanga says.
He says health workers need to direct their attention into areas other than Covid.
Today there were 1793 new community cases of Covid-19 reported and six deaths.
There were 260 people in hospital.