Covid 19 LOCKDOWN NZ
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Pokémon Go it’s not. But from swirly success icons and live stats to a flashlight option, Andrew Chen explains what’s changed, and why. Last week, the Ministry of Health released a new version of the NZ Covid Tracer app. After a lot of public debate and discussion in recent months, they added some gamification features to the app. Firstly, the app will now keep track of the number of days that you’ve scanned a QR code or entered a manual entry within the last 14 days.
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In anticipation of the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine roll-out across Aotearoa New Zealand, we are curating a list of annotated links to trusted information about COVID-19 vaccines. For comprehensive, accessible information and the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccines generally, we recommend the three resources below. Alternatively, scroll down to find links related to specific questions or areas of interest.
The emergence of new, more transmissible variants of Covid-19 and their arrival in New Zealand has experts reconsidering the efficacy of Level 3, Marc Daalder reports As winter descended on the United Kingdom and Covid-19 case numbers ticked upwards, the country plunged into lockdown. The strict new measures, applied nationwide for the first time since June, were temporarily effective in crushing the case curve almost everywhere - except for Kent.
Jo Dixey, a professional needleworker, made this group of ‘viruses’ during New Zealand’s Alert Level 4 lockdown in the 2020, following the global outbreak of the coronavirus Covid-19. The collection materialises the unseen, and reflects one person’s need to understand the virus through the therapeutic and often compulsive practice of making. Visualising the virus...
Yesterday New Zealand provisionally approved use of the Pfizer vaccine, sparking a fresh burst of argument about Covid-19 vaccinations online. Many people have concerns about the vaccines and how they will impact people. I worked with Jo Kirman, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Otago, to put together this simple resource for dealing with fears people may have about the vaccines.
The new variants of the virus can spread like wildfire, and all of us have a role to play in keeping them out of the community. I have to admit, when I first heard UK prime minister Boris Johnson talking about a new, more transmissible strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19, part of me did wonder whether he was doing a bit of his trademark exaggerating to help explain away he and his government’s woeful pandemic response.
Experts on immunisation say that distributing and providing the Covid-19 vaccine to the general population will be a 'mammoth undertaking'. Here's what that might look like. A finely tuned logistical machine will pump Covid-19 vaccines to hundreds of distribution points around the country from the second half of the year, allowing people to get vaccinated by newly-trained health workers at their GP or pharmacy, but also at community centres, marae, churches and more. At least, that's the hope.
New Zealanders' lacklustre Covid-19 tracer app use means contact tracers would not be able to do their job properly if an outbreak occurred today. The number of daily scans - QR code and manual entries - has fallen since its peak of 2.5 million in September to around 500,000 in recent weeks. University of Auckland research fellow with Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures Dr Andrew Chen says the numbers are not sufficient enough.
A new version of the the NZ COVID Tracer app will be launched on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store late Thursday. The functionality is provided by the Google and Apple Exposure Notification Framework, which most Android devices and iPhones already support. The Ministry of Health says people should continue scanning in with the QR codes, as keeping a digital diary is still important in staying ahead of the fight against COVID-19. The SMC asked experts to comment on the update.