Cases of Covid in the community climbed today as New Zealand marks a week in Alert Level four.
Follow all the developments from Wednesday morning and early afternoon in the feed below.
3.08pm – AUT has confirmed to 1 NEWS one positive case in their student accommodation, the Wellesley St Apartments.
Elsewhere at AUT, there are six students who ar confirmed as being on campus while infectious and a further two waiting to get confirmed details regarding locations of interest.
Two students are positive but were not on campus during the the infectious period.
2.58pm – The MOH has awarded Victoria University of Wellington a contract to carry out a study into the impacts of Covid-19 on Kiwis.
The study will have a particular focus on key populations including Māori, Pacific people, people with disabilities and those people who contracted Covid-19 through their employment.
The evidence will be used to generate recommendations for how health services can best be oriented to be accessible, equitable, and meet the needs of people with Covid-19.
“This research project will establish a multidisciplinary longitudinal study of people in Aotearoa New Zealand who have had COVID-19,” said Dr Ian Town, Chief Science Advisor, Ministry of Health.
“It’s important that we improve our understanding of the short and longer-term physical, psychological, and economic impacts of COVID-19 on affected people in Aotearoa New Zealand, and to highlight any equity issues faced by this cohort.
“The more we understand the different effects the disease has on people the more we can plan our health responses.”
2.23pm – Hipkins says he wants to drive Delta out of New Zealand’s community so the country can “get back to a sense normality”.