Covid Watch

Covid Watch

Covid Watch is the home of the latest Covid-19 news from New Zealand and around the world, with the conversations Newstalk ZB is having with all the newsmakers and experts to keep you informed.


September 28, 2021 5 min
An Auckland medical centre is doing its bit to get 90 percent of New Zealanders vaccinated by Christmas. 
Mt Eden 575 Doctors has already managed to get that percentage of their five thousand patients jabbed, in just a month. 
Dr Jodie O'Sullivan told Mike Hosking they get a list of which of their patients have been vaccinated at 8am every morning, then hit the phones. 
"Chatting to our patients, asking them open-ended questio...
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Have you noticed the announcement blitz the Government is on ever since John Key’s piece got massive coverage? Hit a nerve anyone? I found it amusing how on the one hand, they called it insulting and simplistic, while on the other hand saying they were implementing a lot of his ideas.  
So, which is it? Simplistic and insulting, or good enough for you to go ahead with? 
Either way, they’ve been dragging the chain on the ideas for so ...
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Mark Mitchell and Stuart Nash joined Mike Hosking to discuss this and the week's politics news.
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We had the latest round of MIQ rooms released last night - and queue another round of immediate disappointment for about 20 thousand people.  
A number of people contacted Newstalk ZB about missing out, having no hope etc.  
But one woman has had her opportunity taken away from her because of issues with the MIQ website.  
Caroline White got lucky until she didn't - she was 616th in the MIQ queue and was picking her date on the ca...
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A call to arms in our ongoing battle against Covid-19 - and it's all about being doubled-vaxed. 
Auckland recorded eight new cases in its Delta outbreak yesterday -- and there are currently seven unlinked cases from the past fortnight. 
Tauranga residents with symptoms are being urged to get tested, after Covid was detected in the city's wastewater. 
Auckland University epidemiologist Rod Jackson told Mike Hosking it's cru...
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Calls for countries to work together on international travel. 
Different governments have varying policies when it comes to vaccine passports and border rules.  
Massey University's Paul Spoonley told Mike Hosking international clarity is needed. 
"The rules are all over the place and we've got no harmonisation and nothing to say what are we going to do country to country to identify what it is we want from people travelli...
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National has a plan to reunite New Zealand families for Christmas 
It's set to unveil a new 50-page plan this morning to allow safe travel in and out of New Zealand by December 
Leader Judith Collins says the current MIQ system is a "dreadful lottery". 
She told Kate Hawkesby the new system is the first immediate step towards reopening New Zealand to the rest of the world 
"It covers all of the aspects that we need to m...
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Tens of thousands of New Zealanders are once again battling for a spot in MIQ.
The virtual lobby has closed and about 26000 people are now in the queue for vouchers.
About 3800 spots are up for grabs across October, November and December.
Christchurch resident Tekla Kridle who is stuck in Australia, says their position is under three-thousand in line, and they're watching the numbers tick down.
She says for them it's still up i...
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Auckland's Mayor says planned lockdown protests are an insult to people making sacrifices and following the rules.
Top cops Andrew Coster and Wally Haumaha have had a virtually meeting with Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki over plans for rallies across the country this weekend.
Tamaki says they will be Covid-responsible.
Phil Goff says he hopes protests won't involve confrontation and actions that make people unsafe.
He says ...
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The ACT party says the Government’s Covid-19 strategy is no longer viable and they want five key changes. They say New Zealand has been pursuing an eradication strategy, not an elimination strategy.  
ACT party leader David Seymour says he wants to move away from isolating whole cities at a time and shift the overall strategy from public health to wellbeing. 
He says the process of trying to completely eradicate Covid-19 is no longer...
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We know about Adesanya now, but will he start an exodus of our top athletes living and competing here?  
Adesanya says he's moving to the US - the MIQ situation, increased difficulty to train and prepare for fights a couple of reasons cited, and he won't fight in New Zealand ever.  
We know the frustrations from the likes of Ryan Fox and Hayden Wilde who are overseas - and Paige Harrab who wants to travel the world to do her ...
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Some major employers within the horticulture industry say they're still in the dark when it comes to getting seasonal workers.  
Originally announced to be starting September, a one-way quarantine free travel trial with Pacific seasonal workers starts next week - the first week of October.   
The Government says workers from Vanuatu can start arriving on Monday, and Samoan and Tongan workers the following Tuesday.  
Yummy Fruit ge...
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Low satisfaction levels for the new MIQ booking system. 
It had its first run at the start of last week, and will be in action again this evening 
In a Grounded Kiwis survey about 900 respondents gave the new system an overall rating of 3 point 6 out of 10.  
A quarter of them say they had technical difficulties.  
AUT computer scientist Ken Johnson told Kate Hawkesby the lobby system was developed in response to automated scripts and ...
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Event organisers are working through logistics of how vaccine passports will work at summer events.  
The Government's started consulting with concert, festival and other event organisers, about introducing making proof of vaccination mandatory. 
The vaccine passports could be printed out, or shown on a person's phone. 
Rhythm and Alps Founder and Director Alex Turnbull told Mike Hosking it needs to be implemented through tick...
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Act is calling for Covid-19 lockdowns to end, once and for all. 
Newstalk ZB can reveal the party will this morning unveil a policy to move away from the need to ever return to Alert Level Four. 
It's instead calling for targeted isolation of people who have tested positive for Covid, people who have returned from overseas, and vulnerable people. 
Act Leader David Seymour told Mike Hosking shutting down when there's Covid in t...
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One-way quarantine free travel for seasonal workers from a handful of Pacific countries, starts next week.  
Workers from Vanuatu will begin arriving on Monday, and Samoan and Tongan workers the following Tuesday.  
They'll have to have a vaccine dose before they come, self-isolate and be tested on day zero and five.  
Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor told Kate Hawkesby there'll be health measures in place.  
"It wo...
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It’s been fascinating to watch the reaction to Sir John Key involving himself in the political debate around our Covid response. 
One of the more interesting hot takes was that John Key isn’t reading the room right, which is to say he’s not in step with public opinion.  
Isn’t he?  
Feels to me like he’s absolutely reading the room right when it comes to Auckland.  
I gather this might be news to Wellington, but Auckland is angry. Auck...
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Is Covid-19 increasing the risk of leader burnout?
NZ Herald Business reporter Jane Phare researched into the issue, and found that leaders are feeling even more overworked as a result of Covid, compared to 2019, and that leaders are caught in between their staff and their businesses.
86 per cent of business leaders are feeling stressed, but Phare says they carry the burden of the entire company.
Jane Phare joined Andrew Dickens.
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Sir John Key has come out over the weekend, slamming the government's slow response and lack of initiative from ministers over the slow rate of vaccination, MIQ and the use of fear to control the population.  
Both Sunday papers carried his opinion piece and this morning he spoke to the MHB.
The PM has responded that the government is already working on some of the suggestions from the former PM - but seriously, how and why are w...
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Support for the views of Sir John Key.
Some have labelled the former Prime Minister's assessment of the Government's Covid-19 response as naive and out of touch.
But an outspoken critic of the Government's Covid response is backing Key's views.
Auckland University Emeritus Professor of Medicine Des Gorman told Kate Hawkesby the Government is relying too much on fear to get people vaccinated.
“Fear’s not the way you get ...
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