Reside updates, August 1: Two new circumstances of Covid-19; Labour occasion helps Matariki changing into a public vacation

Live updates, August 1: Two new cases of Covid-19; Labour party supports Matariki becoming a public holiday

Welcome to The Spinoff’s reside updates for August 1. The most recent on New Zealand information, politics and the Covid-19 disaster, up to date all through the day.1.20pm: Two new circumstances of Covid-19 in managed isolationThere are two new circumstances of Covid-19 in managed isolation in New Zealand at present, in keeping with the Ministry of Well being.Each new circumstances are two girls of their 20s who have been travelling collectively. They arrived from Pakistan by way of Dubai on 27 July. Each have been in managed isolation within the Sudima in Rotorua and are actually being transferred to the quarantine facility in Auckland.The entire variety of lively circumstances in New Zealand’s managed isolation and quarantine services is 22, unchanged from yesterday.It’s now been 92 days because the final case of Covid-19 was acquired domestically from an unknown supply.Yesterday, 3,002 assessments have been accomplished of which 2,606 swabs have been taken locally, and 396 have been taken in managed isolation and quarantine services. That brings the overall variety of assessments accomplished so far to 468,068.Covid-19 case in South KoreaThe Ministry of Well being says there continues to be no proof of any transmission in New Zealand involving the traveller who examined optimistic for Covid-19 on arrival in South Korea.Additional contact tracing is going down round their journey inside New Zealand, together with their go to to the Queenstown space in early July, the South Auckland space the place they have been primarily based and Christchurch the place they departed from.Thus far, all home contacts of this case examined have returned adverse outcomes.This weekend, the ministry will probably be doing focused surveillance in Queenstown, South Auckland and Christchurch that are areas linked to the case in South Korea.This particular person was in South Auckland from June 20-July 20, Queenstown from July 1-Four and in and round Christchurch Airport on July 20 and 21.Extra to observe12.10pm: Labour occasion helps Matariki changing into a public holidayThe Labour Get together has thrown its help behind the marketing campaign to make Matariki a public vacation, reviews Stuff.Minister for Māori improvement and native authorities Nanaia Mahuta says that celebrating Matariki with an official vacation would positively acknowledge Māori astronomy, data and practices. She says the occasion would first want to hunt recommendation to contemplate probably the most acceptable date earlier than making it official.Calls to make Matariki a public vacation have been constructing during the last month with two petitions – which collected over 30,000 signatures – introduced to Labour MP Paul Eagle final week to be introduced at a related choose committee assembly within the close to future.The Inexperienced Get together additionally helps making Matariki a public vacation. In the meantime the Nationwide Get together opposes the concept arguing the timing is inappropriate for companies and the economic system post-lockdown.9.50am: Winston Peters on diplomat accused of sexual assaultOn Newshub Nation this morning, Winston Peters was requested if former South Korean diplomat Hongkon Kim, who’s alleged to have sexually assaulted a male New Zealand staffer in 2017, could be held to account right here. A warrant for the diplomat’s arrest was issued this 12 months, however presently, the South Korean authorities is refusing to rearrange his return from the Philippines the place he now presently works.“He did it in New Zealand, that’s the allegation, so it’s over to the Korean authorities and for them to permit him to waive diplomatic immunity and return him to this nation,” Peters stated.“That is now on the highest stage. It’s with [South Korean] President Moon, it’s with Jacinda Ardern who’s raised this with him. I don’t suppose we are able to do any greater than wait upon them to provide us a response.”8.40am: Second optimistic Covid case on Auckland to Sydney flightsA New Zealand girl says she’s examined optimistic for Covid-19 after flying from Auckland to Sydney simply over per week in the past, in keeping with the New Zealand Herald.Taking Air New Zealand flight NZ103 on July 20 to Sydney, she went straight into quarantine on arrival the place she was examined for Covid-19.After listening to the information of the South Korean traveller, who examined optimistic for Covid-19 upon arrival from New Zealand, the lady determined to ring New Zealand’s well being hotline to verify New Zealand authorities had been alerted to her optimistic take a look at. It turned out that they had no concept.“I believed the international locations would alert one another however it seems they don’t discuss in any respect.”The girl’s optimistic consequence comes after one other passenger additionally revealed to have examined optimistic to Covid-19 after flying from Auckland to Sydney on July 6.8am: England postpones easing lockdown Resulting from come into impact this weekend, England is ready to have one other two weeks of lockdown restrictions reviews the BBC. This implies reside indoor theatre and live performance venues will stay closed, as will casinos, ice rinks and bowling alleys. Pilot sporting occasions that includes a restricted variety of spectators will not be allowed to forward, whereas wedding ceremony receptions with as much as 30 visitors have additionally been placed on maintain.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated it was time to “squeeze that brake pedal with the intention to maintain the virus underneath management”. He additionally introduced face coverings could be necessary in additional indoor settings, similar to cinemas, museums and locations of worship.7.30am: Yesterday’s key storiesAn inquiry discovered critical failings by the NZ Defence Pressure within the wake of 2010’s Operation Burnham raid which killed quite a few civilians, however judged its actions in Afghanistan as lawful.There have been no new circumstances of Covid-19.Auckland’s Sylvia Park procuring centre shut its meals court docket for cleansing after it emerged a South Korean man who later examined optimistic for Covid-19 had visited on July 16. The remainder of the centre underwent the identical deep cleansing in a single day.The amount of returnees was vastly underestimated by the federal government, paperwork regarding the pandemic response revealed. A most of 32,000 have been anticipated by October; in actuality 33,000 have already arrived.Judith Collins stated she was “under no circumstances anxious” in regards to the 1 Information-Colmar Brunton ballot that confirmed Nationwide greater than 20 factors behind Labour.Learn yesterday’s reside updates right here
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