Covid-19: NZ Experiencing Highest Peak In 18 Months - Epidemiologist

Published: Mon 27 May 2024 07:15 PM
New Zealand is experiencing its highest peak in Covid-19 cases since December 2022, professor Michael Baker says.
Last week, the ministry reported 6146 new cases of the virus and 19 further deaths.
That was a substantial increase on the number of cases reported the previous week - which stood at 3922.
The data came from wastewater testing, Baker said, but hospitalisations were also up.
"We're up to about 35 people a day going to hospital with this infection," he said.
Baker told RNZ's First Up one in three people are still contagious five days after testing positive for the virus.
Despite the recommended isolation period now only being five days, Baker suggested people still getting a positive Covid-19 test wait to test again on day 6 or 7 before going back into society.
"The biology hasn't changed," Baker said, but there was more pressure for people to go back to work and school.
Baker said he would like to see money in this week's Budget going towards the Covid-19 response.
It was important for health and productivity that the government continued to fund booster shots, RAT tests and the anti-viral medication.
As soon as people had to pay for these, low income households would miss out.
Baker said it had to remain fair and equity had to be maintained.
Prioritising booster shots was also important, Baker said.
People over the age of 30 were eligible for a booster every six months.
And while it would not stop someone from becoming infected with Covid-19 and potentially passing it on, the immunisation activated parts of a person's immune system that could help stop them getting seriously ill.
Baker also encouraged mask wearing - especially N95s - that have a good seal around the mouth and nose.
A recent study Baker took part in proved face masks really did help reduce the spread of respiratory infections.
New Zealand's public broadcaster, providing comprehensive NZ news and current affairs, specialist audio features and documentaries.
Radio New Zealand is a Crown entity established under the Radio New Zealand Act 1995. Radio New Zealand News are vital elements in our programming, providing impartial news and information to New Zealanders every day. Radio New Zealand (RNZ) provides listeners with exciting and independent radio programmes in accordance with the Radio New Zealand Charter.

Next in Lifestyle

Record Running In Wellington Today
By: Wellington Marathon
More Funded Nutritional Supplements On The Cards For People With Inherited Metabolic Diseases
Standardised Testing In New Zealand Schools – Expert Q&A;
By: Science Media Centre
No Place At Te Whatu Ora For Graduate Nurses
By: New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Heritage Group Calls For Release Of Promised $250,000 Grant
By: Maia Hart - Local Democracy Reporter
Youth Want Tighter Vaping Controls
By: Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media