Covid 19 Omicron: Traffic light setting decision day as thousands of Aussie travellers fly in

New Zealand’s border has reopened to Australian citizens and permanent residents with thousands flying into the country today as New Zealanders await the Government’s traffic light setting announcement later today. Australian citizens and permanent residents travelling from anywhere in the world can enter New Zealand from today without having to self-isolate. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash said New Zealand can expect

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Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Officials set to release new figures, death toll nears 500

Health officials are set to release the latest confirmed case numbers of New Zealand’s Omicron variant outbreak – as the country’s death toll nears 500. The Ministry of Health will release case numbers and the number of any further deaths in the past 24 hours at 1pm. Yesterday they confirmed a further 10 Covid-related deaths – taking the reported death

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Covid 19 coronavirus: China locks down Shenzen and cuts access to Shanghai

China’s government has responded to a spike in coronavirus infections by shutting down its southern business centre of Shenzhen, a city of 17.5 million people, and restricted access to Shanghai by suspending bus services. Everyone in Shenzhen, a finance and technology centre that abuts Hong Kong, will undergo three rounds of testing after 60 new cases were reported on Sunday.

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Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: 15,161 community cases, one death, 618 in hospital today

There are 15,161 new community cases of Covid-19 today, 618 people are in hospital and one person has died with Covid. The Ministry of Health said the person died at Auckland Hospital. “The person had unrelated medical conditions and had tested positive for Covid-19.” Of the 618 people in hospital, 10 are in intensive care. The ministry said the decrease

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Covid 19 Wellington protest: 12 hours of mayhem – How standoff went up in flames

Police resisted calls for weeks to move in on the unlawful occupation of Parliament, fearing unprecedented violence should they confront the protesters causing havoc in Wellington. On Wednesday, the 23rd day of the standoff, those fears were realised. This is how it unfolded. • 6.04am: A standoff commences at the Cenotaph as 125 officers move up Mulgrave St towards Aitken

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Canada police push back COVID protesters in bid to end siege – The Denver Post

By ROB GILLIES and ROBERT BUMSTED OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Police aggressively pushed back protesters, took control of some trucks and advanced toward Parliament on Saturday after arresting more than 100 people and towing away vehicles in Canada’s besieged capital. Scores of trucks left under the increasing pressure, raising authorities’ hopes for an end to the three-week protest against the

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Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Labs face bottleneck as new variant scotches batch processing of samples

The Omicron wave is stripping away one of New Zealand’s trustiest test tools, as labs are forced to move away from batch-processing of samples. But scientists hope that a PCR testing bottleneck on labs from the loss of time-saving “pooled sampling” will be offset as more Kiwis self-diagnose using rapid antigen tests. In pooled sampling, up to 10 test samples

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Covid 19 convoy Parliament protest: Police have ‘productive talks’ with protesters; vehicles set to be moved

Police say Wellington residents have had a “gutsful” of blocked streets in the central city and urged owners of the vehicles linked with the Parliament protest to move them into Sky Stadium from tonight. Superintendent Corrie Parnell, Wellington District Commander, provided an update to media in Wellington at 5pm. Parnell urged people parked unlawfully around the Wellington CBD to move

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Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Big outbreak predicted as PM warns ‘prepare for winter’

Forecasters estimate more than one million New Zealanders will be infected with Omicron and hundreds will die within the next few months, as the Prime Minister warns the country to “prepare for winter”. The new modelling has prompted warnings from leaders in Māori health and intensive care that the Omicron surge could soon grow much worse, while one expert describes

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