New research shows isolation and quarantine facilities maintained in New Zealand are three times more likely to be violated than their Australian counterparts.
The report, whose authors include public health experts Michael Baker and Nick Wilson, has not been peer reviewed.
It analyzes 24 MIQ and quarantine failures in New Zealand and Australia through the end of March.
There were more than 13 failures for every 1000 positive cases passing through a facility in New Zealand versus 4.1 failures per 1000 in Australia – a risk difference of more than threefold.
The failure rate per 100,000 travelers is 7.8 in New Zealand compared to 5.5 in Australia.
The report said one of the reasons New Zealand’s risk of failure was significantly higher was because it had a “lower quality approach”.
“The significantly higher risk of failure per 1000 SARS-CoV-2 positive cases transiting in quarantine in New Zealand versus Australia may reflect a lower quality approach to the former, with perhaps some discrepancies due to greater detection in New Zealand than testing of more border workers. over a longer period of time. “
There were a total of 24 failures.
“In Australia, 14 failures were identified, one causing more than 800 deaths (Victoria’s second wave) and eight out of 14 resulting in a lockdown,” the report said.
“In New Zealand, there were ten failures, with one causing an outbreak with three deaths, as well as a lockdown.”
The risk of failure in the two countries could increase as infection rates rise overseas due to new virus variants, he said.
However, the vaccination rollout will partially offset this, he said.
“About 55 percent of quarantine system failures are likely to be prevented by fully vaccinating frontline border workers, for 70 percent effectiveness in preventing transmission.”
The authors suggest measures such as reducing the number of arrivals from high-risk countries, expanding pre-departure testing and hotel-based quarantine alternatives.
Some of the figures in this story have been updated based on the most recent version of the report, with the authors finding two additional quarantine failures at facilities in Australia.
Nine Customs workers have been fired for refusing the Covid-19 vaccine, including four from a provincial port.
Their contracts were terminated after Customs could not find suitable alternative roles for the workers.
It comes as more problems hit Tasman’s overnight travel bubble.
Flights from Western Australia to New Zealand were canceled last night after a security guard at the MIQ Perth facility tested positive for Covid.
Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines flights due to take off from Perth and land in Auckland this morning were canceled, but there is still uncertainty over flights to Western Australia from New Zealand.
The Air NZ NZ175 flight to Perth this morning had been delayed until 14.30, but staff at the airport were unable to confirm to the Herald if the delay was due to a Perth MIQ worker testing positive. Qantas told the Herald it had no scheduled flights from Western Australia to New Zealand today, and all flights were operating as normal.
The Health Ministry said the next update would be issued at 1pm today.
New Zealand’s Covid-19 Public Health Response (Vaccination) Order went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 30, and requires all workers in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities and those working for Government agencies at the border to be vaccinated. .
Deputy chief executive of customs and capabilities Jacinda Funnell confirmed to Stuff that nine employees, including four at the provincial port, had been terminated because they were not vaccinated.
A maritime border worker, who asked not to be named, told Stuff he was grieved at being fired after what he said was a lack of consultation by the agency.
They were not offered redundancy payments because their roles were not canceled, Customs said. The agency maintains communication with workers.
Catherine Stewart, an Auckland employment attorney, reportedly said employers of workers who are required to be vaccinated are likely to “substantively justify the dismissal of unvaccinated employees”.
Under the Covid-19 Public Health Response (Vaccination) Order, they can demonstrate that they cannot legally retain unvaccinated people in that role.
But he said employers also had to follow a strict process.
“This means that they have to consult staff and, if a worker is reluctant to be vaccinated, confirm the reasons and work with them to try to effectively coax them into being vaccinated,” he told Stuff.
“If workers still don’t want to be vaccinated then employers should consider alternatives and try to shift workers to roles that don’t require vaccination, to save workers’ jobs.”
Even though it is the employee’s choice, the consequence of not vaccinating is the loss of their job.
One of the workers who worked until Friday at the provincial port monitoring international ships to ensure the crew was taking proper Covid precautions told Stuff he never had contact with the crew, and believed there was not enough risk to justify being asked to be vaccinated. .
He will not reveal his reasons for not getting the vaccine.
In a letter sent to him on Friday, Customs said the nature of his position meant it was unlikely to change his role to reduce his exposure to Covid-19.
A meeting was held with women’s law attorney Ashleigh Fechney in Christchurch, where Customs disagreed that they were in fact going through a redundancy process and that there were insufficient health and safety risks to mandate mandatory vaccinations.
In a letter, the agency said that the role was ongoing.
“Given the matters we discussed at the meeting, including the reasons why Customs requires that your position be carried out by a vaccinated person, the Government’s requirement that unvaccinated border workers stop working in that position by May 1, and the absence of any transfer appropriate opportunity, we inform you that Customs has decided to terminate your work as proposed, “the letter said.
More than 95 percent of Customs staff had their first dose and more than 85 percent of the second, Funnell said.
Perth-NZ flights must ‘stop immediately’
The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced shortly after 10pm last night that officials had “conducted a rapid public health assessment for New Zealand” and decided flights from Western Australia to New Zealand should be temporarily suspended.
The announcement comes after a security guard working in a hotel quarantine in Perth tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday. Two of the seven people who shared the man’s house also had positive results.
“Ministry officials have conducted a rapid public health assessment for New Zealand, and have determined that direct scheduled flights from Western Australia to New Zealand should be suspended immediately while further assessments are carried out, including further assessments and information from Australian health officials,” said the statement. Department of health.
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Further information will be released on Sunday, the ministry said.
Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan said in a press conference yesterday that the country would not lock in “at this time”.
“But maybe this could change tomorrow or the day after,” he said.
The security guard, a man in his 20s living in Nollamara, has received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, McGowan said.
He has worked at the Pan Pacific Hotel on April 24, 25 and 26, during which time new arrivals are allowed into the hotel.
He works on the same floor as two hotel quarantine occupants who have tested positive for Covid-19.
“The CCTV vision is being reviewed. However, there is no clear explanation at this point of how the security guards got infected,” said McGowan.
“There is a possibility that transmission could occur when international arrivals are received at the hotel quarantine and possibly transferred to their rooms.
“This is being investigated further.”
The man’s household included two guests from Canberra, McGowan said.
He said the man visited several locations in the community while likely having been contagious, including the Northlands shopping center, Coles, a cafe and a mosque.
Locations of current interest include:
• Al Taqwa Mosque in Mirrabooka on April 30 between 13.15 and 14.00. • Coles at Prime West Northlands Shopping Center in Balcutta on April 29 between 4:30 PM and 5:15 PM. • Agha Juice Café in Joondanna on April 28 between 6.50pm and 8pm. • Smokemart at Prime West Northlands Shopping Center in Balcutta on April 28 between 13.30 and 15:15. • Northlands Fresh at Prime West Northlands Shopping Center in Balcutta on April 28 between 13.30 and 15:15. • Sown in Stirling on April 28 between 1.30 and 2.30. • Swan Taxi Victoria Park on April 27 between 15: 50-14: 45.
The Zac Efron has a new look – and fans just don’t like it. Photo / Provided
Zac Efron fans suspect the former High School Musical star of having undergone plastic surgery while in Australia because her face looks “completely different” in new videos for Bill Nye’s Earth Day special.
The star has teamed up with celebrities like Justin Bieber and TikTok stars Dixie and Charli D’Amelio on a call to act on climate change – but the actor’s appearance in the nearly 12-minute video was absolutely stirring.
In the video, Bill Nye promotes Earth Day amidst cameos of various famous faces. However, when Efron, 33, appeared in the clip, his slightly swollen face, more distinctive-looking lips, and jaw-dropping jaw made viewers stunned.
“What did they do to Zac Efron’s face?” one fan asked, with another comment, “Zac Efron … no baby. No.”
And the mistrust doesn’t end there as others join in with “THERE’S NO WAY Zac Efron WHAT,” and another adds, “There’s no way this is really Zac Efron.”
Others have even compared her face to the annoying plastic surgery face of The Weeknd in the Save Your Tears music video.
The star’s new look came right after separating from his Australian girlfriend, Vanessa Valladeres.
The couple were apparently hoping to buy a house and settle down together in Australia but it looks like the plan has gone out of the window.
One source told The Sun that “Zac and Vanessa look like real people. They are very happy with each other.
“So once she decided to stay in Australia long term, she suggested they buy their first house.
“They started looking around in places but, unfortunately, fate was not on their side. Zac’s work and the distance he applied had taken its toll.”
The Hollywood star is in Australia filming the second season of the popular Netflix show Down to Earth, showing her traveling the world with a health professional in search of sustainable and healthy ways of living.
Bill Rimmer rings Last Post as he remembers the soldiers who died at Auckland’s O’Neill’s Point Cemetery on Anzac Day 2020.Photo / Brett Phibbs
New Zealanders can return to a more traditional way of observing Anzac Day this year, after last year’s Covid-19 restrictions forced the Kiwi to mark its anniversary without gathering in public for the first time since 1916.
Instead of dawn services and memorials, this time last year the Kiwis stood at the end of their driveway to remember those who served and lost their lives in war.
In Wellington, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stands with her father, Ross Ardern, and partner Clarke Gayford outside the Premier House.
In Christchurch, resident David Sutherland stands at the end of the driveway decorated with his father’s World War II medal – earned by serving as a medic in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, during the US-led campaign against Japan.
There are similar scenes across the country, as thousands of Kiwis pay their respects while in isolation in their locking bubble.
This year, New Zealanders can be reunited.
Remembrance and events are planned throughout Aotearoa, including the National Memorial Service at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington from 11am.
The dawn service will be held at the Whangārei Returned and Services Association (RSA) venue at 16 Hannah St. The parade started at 5.45am followed by worship service from 6am.
Dawn services will be held in front of the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the Auckland Domain.
The parade started at 5.45am, marching down Cenotaph Rd to the Court of Honor at the museum. Service starts at 6 am.
Wintergarden Rd, Museum Circuit, Maunsell Rd Ext, Cenotaph Rd, Football Rd and The Crescent will be closed from 3pm to 1pm.
Parking is available at Secure Parking – The Old Brewery site at the corner of Khyber Pass Rd and Suiter St for gold coin donations.
A parade will be held before the dawn service and civil memorial in Hamilton.
The dawn parade will start at 5.50am and the civil parade will depart at 9.45am from the corner of Victoria St and Anzac Parade.
Both parades end at the cenotaph Memorial Park where their respective services are held.
Dawn services begin at 6 a.m. at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on Buckle St, followed by a wreath-laying service for Wellingtonians at Cenotaph Precinct on the corner of Lambton Quay and Bowen St at 9am.
The National Memorial Service starts at 11 a.m. at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.
The dawn parade starts at 6 a.m. with a parade from RSA on Armagh St to Cranmer Square, followed by services from 6.15 a.m.
Citizen services will be conducted at 10 a.m. at the Transitional Cathedral on Hereford Street in the city. The address will be sent by Deputy Air Marshal Andrew Clark, RNZAF.
Anzac service begins at noon at the Therese Angelo Wing of the New Zealand Air Force Museum on Harvard Ave.
The Anzac Day commemoration begins with a march at 6.15am followed by a 6:30 am dawn service at the Cenotaph at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Queens Gardens.
Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran said they sold about 100 times the tickets that normally sold out in the six hours yesterday following the announcement of the Trans-Tasman bubble. Video / ABC
Air New Zealand boss Greg Foran is heading to Sydney today and will be meeting his two grandchildren for the first time – and a technology trial that could help open up trips to other parts of the world.
He joined thousands of Kiwis who had crossed Tasman in the first few days of a free two-way quarantine journey to reunite with friends and family and he can’t wait to see them.
Not only that, he will be watching his son Kieran live for the Manly Sea Eagles on Anzac Day, the first time he’s done it in years.
Foran has three adult children in Australia – whom he hasn’t seen in about two years – and seven grandchildren, two of whom were born in the past year.
“It would be great wouldn’t it. To get some time with the children and their partners. You can only do so much with video calls and phone calls. ”
One of the draws of returning to New Zealand after working for Walmart in China and the United States is being closer to her children and grandchildren in Australia, but Covid has stopped it for the past year.
Foran is yet to fly overseas as Air NZ boss and is using his short visit to Sydney (he will return on Monday) to demonstrate a new digital health wallet the airline is piloting in conjunction with the International Air Transport Association.
The Digital Travel Pass application allows passengers to smoothly manage their digital travel documentation during their trip.
It’s basically like having a digital health certificate that can be easily and safely shared with airlines.
Foran said he did a saliva test for Covid yesterday (the result was negative) and this along with his passport details and a photo was loaded onto the application within minutes.
“The information stored on your phone is not stored in the cloud so everything is very secure and confidential,” he said.
It is not difficult for us to link to this information to enter into the booking, which means that the airline will be provided with this information.
“ If this were our way of traveling, you wouldn’t want everyone to pull out their phones and slow down the booking process. When you show up at the airport, we’ll know you’ve been tested for Covid. I see this as a very good solution for the world. ”
IATA permits can be “ very important ” in opening up the world but airlines need to work closely with governments on approved vaccine and testing sites.
Foran said Air New Zealand was in discussions with the Government here about a scheme that was also being piloted by Singapore Airlines.
“ The reason why I did it was to show that this is a way that we can say is open to America and vice versa. ”
Although he is unsure when long-distance travel can resume, the prospects of returning to normal flights to the US are increasing with the launch of vaccines and other means of fighting Covid.
Foran said he had not received a Covid injection.
“ I get around by plane but there are people who do a lot more than me and don’t want to jump the queue. But I’m really happy to have him at the right time to do so. ”
How digital wallets work:
• Customers will be able to create a digital health wallet linked to their e-passport.
• Once travelers have been tested and / or vaccinated, the laboratory will safely transmit data to individual applications.
• Then, the system will check the travel requirements with the data and customers who meet the travel requirements will be given a green tick to travel.