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Covid 19 coronavirus: Ministry of Health updated cases on day one of travel ban to India | Instant News


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced from Sunday NZ will temporarily suspend travel from India to combat a surge in infected tourists. Video / NZ Herald

There are three new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation and none in the community, the Health Ministry announced today.

No new community cases have been detected since Tuesday’s announcement that an MIQ security guard at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Auckland has tested positive.

Fifteen close contacts of the Covid-infected MIQ workers, who have not been vaccinated, have now been tested for the virus and isolated. Thirteen have tested negative so far.

New locations of interest have now been identified in relation to MIQ workers. This is Bikanervala Bakery on White Swan Rd in Mt Roskill.

The preferred time is between 1.30 and 14.30 on April 7. Anyone in the bakery at that time was considered a casual contact and advised to monitor symptoms.

If you are not feeling well you should call Healthline, get tested and self-isolate.

Fifteen close contacts of the Covid-infected Grand Millennium workers are in isolation.  Photo / William Terite
Fifteen close contacts of the Covid-infected Grand Millennium workers are in isolation. Photo / William Terite

The Balmoral community testing center is open until 5pm today, or people can visit general practice after hours or emergency care clinics across Auckland for today’s exams.

Further locations of interest are expected and will be announced when confirmed, the ministry said.

Two of the three new positive cases in managed isolation in Auckland arrived from India between April 5 and 9, and tested positive within three days.

A third case arrived from Papua New Guinea on April 8 and tested positive on the first day of managed isolation.

The total number of active cases across the country is now 108.

The seven-day mean turnover of new border-related cases was 9.

The ministry has confirmed a crew member of the ship in Taranaki under investigation has a historical infection that has been reported overseas. The person has returned a negative test result.

More than 4300 Covid-19 tests were processed yesterday.

A two-week ban on traveling to India

Today’s update comes in two weeks India’s travel suspension starts today.

There were 10 new border-related cases yesterday and all of them are in MIQ. Eight of those infected traveled from India via the United Arab Emirates. The remaining two are from the UAE via Malaysia and Canada via the United States.

The latest border cases are people traveling from India, prompting the Government to ban arrivals from the country until at least April 28.

Two of the positive cases from India yesterday tested positive around day 0, four around day 3, one (contact case) on day 7, and the other on day 8 after showing symptoms.

The Human Rights Commission has demanded the Government justify its ban on flights from India.

Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt said more information was needed about why behind the travel suspension.

This is the first time New Zealand has stopped citizens or residents from returning.

“While a public health emergency is a justification for restricting the free movement of people, any restriction on the right of New Zealanders to return home must be clearly justified by the Government in accordance with domestic and international human rights obligations,” Hunt said.

The commission cannot judge whether the ban is valid, unless the Government is transparent about its decisions, he said.

New Zealand has agreed under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that no one may be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter their own country.

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Brazil reported another 93,317 cases of COVID-19, 3,693 deaths | Instant News




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Brasilia [Brazil], April 10 (ANI / Xinhua): Brazil reported 93,317 other infections and 3,693 deaths COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, increased the national tally to 348,718 and 13,373,174, respectively, the Health Ministry said Friday.
Hospitals in 19 states and the capital city of Brasilia have collapsed due to rising infections, as more than 90 percent of intensive care beds have been occupied.

The country’s average daily death toll in the past seven days has risen to 2,930, the highest in the world.
However, the two states hardest hit by the pandemic – Sao Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul – have started to ease restrictions.
So far, the vaccination program has immunized 22,170,108 people or 10.47 percent of the total population. (ANI / Xinhua)

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Border workers are known to have contracted the virus | Instant News


There are 90,200 vaccines given to date. A total of 19,273 people received both doses of Pfizer vaccine.

Health Director General Ashley Bloomfield held an unscheduled press conference at 1pm today which indicated that new cases of Covid-19 had been detected outside of arrivals to New Zealand.

However the Herald understands that these cases have been identified in border workers and there is no evidence of community spread.

Border workers undergo routine testing for Covid-19 and are in the first priority group to receive vaccinations.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had canceled plans to go to Dunedin today, but it was forced by the fog, not by the Covid-19 problem. He is likely to hold a press conference today in Auckland.

The ministry announced an unscheduled press conference this morning.

Yesterday no community cases were reported except for seven cases in MIQ.

They include one person from the US, who arrived on March 22 on a direct flight and tested positive around the 14th day of their stay after contact with a positive case.

The other six cases were all from India, all flown via the United Arab Emirates.

Bloomfield said officials had a “special view” on the people arriving from India given the many positive cases recently.

He said the CT scores of most of the people who returned positive when they arrived in New Zealand indicated they had contracted the virus while in transit.

Therefore, he said there was no concern with the accuracy of the Covid-19 pre-departure tests in India.

The CT score – the cycle limit – is a number that shows how much Covid-19 a person has in their body.

The CT value is the number of copies required for the virus to appear.

A low infection rate will take more cycles to appear but if the patient is highly contagious, it will show up quickly, so your CT score will be low.

Bloomfield and Associate Minister Peeni Henare also provided an update on yesterday’s vaccination launch.

At this stage, 90,200 vaccines have been given with a value of 100,000, which are expected to pass within the next few days.

A total of 19,273 people received both doses of Pfizer vaccine.

So far, New Zealand is at 96 percent where it is in launch compared to expectations.

Bloomfield added that the ministry will have more up-to-date information on its website about vaccine efforts.

The dashboard will include information “such as the number of people who received their first vaccination, the number who received their second dose and a graph showing the vaccinations given each week compared to the planned total”, the ministry said in a statement.

“Other information on the dashboard will include the number of vaccinations given on a given day, the number of first and second doses given by individual district health councils and vaccinations given by ethnicity, age and sex.”

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The court adjourned the hearing of Shahbaz’s application until the 13th | Instant News


LAHORE: The district court and additional sessions on Tuesday adjourned hearings until April 13 over a request filed by NA Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif seeking an initial trial of defamation suit against PTI Chairman Imran Khan. Shahbaz stated that Imran Khan started making false and malicious statements against him and that the latter offered Rs10 billion to the former through an ordinary friend in exchange for withdrawing the pending Panama Papers case before SC.

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The court adjourned the hearing of Shahbaz’s application until the 13th | Instant News


LAHORE: The district court and additional sessions on Tuesday adjourned hearings until April 13 over a petition filed by NA Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif seeking a preliminary hearing on the defamation suit against PTI Chairman Imran Khan waiting before the court for three years.

As per the defamation suit, Shahbaz stated that Imran Khan started making false and malicious statements against him and that the latter offered Rs10 billion to the former through an ordinary friend in exchange for withdrawing the Panama Papers case awaiting in the Supreme Court.

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