Covid 19 coronavirus: Health officials provide update on today’s case numbers

Health officials will provide an update on the latest Covid-19 information at 1pm, including whether there are any new cases.

There were no new cases in the community yesterday, however, there were two cases which tested positive in managed isolation.

It comes as new Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment data shows just 48 individuals or families have paid for the managed isolation and quarantine stays.

More than $150,000 has been repaid by the recent returnees as of October 4, all of whom have paid before the 90-day deadline from receiving their invoice.

A total of 826 invoices had been issued by the same date, as well as an additional 609 waivers since the charges were introduced on August 11.

The charge for a single person in a room is $3100. Additional adults or children sharing the room are charged $950 and $475 respectively, including GST.

Meanwhile, there’s excitement at Auckland Airport as people got their first chance for quarantine-free travel to Australia since the outbreak of Covid 19 in March.

From today, New South Wales and the Northern Territory are allowing New Zealanders in without needing to quarantine but those returning will still need to go through quarantine.

Nearly all of those booked on the first flight due to leave mid-morning have one-way tickets. Around 200 people were expected to board this morning.

Elsewhere, there are fears Europe is running out of time to control a resurgence of the coronavirus.

Infections are hitting record daily highs in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Italy.

France slapped a 9pm curfew on many of its biggest cities and Londoners faced new travel restrictions as governments imposed increasingly tough measures.

Newly confirmed cases have surged across Europe over recent weeks as the fall kicks in, prompting authorities to bring back measures that had been relaxed over the summer.

Yesterday's cases

The first imported case arrived on October 9 from India via Dubai and was taken to a managed isolation facility in Hamilton. They tested positive as part of routine day-three testing and have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

The second imported case arrived on October 12 from San Francisco, USA, and was taken to a managed isolation facility in Christchurch. They were tested after displaying symptoms of Covid-19

Returnees slam 'unacceptable' waste from isolation meals

People in managed isolation fear they’re choking the country’s landfills with an estimated 100,000 takeaway containers, bottles and cutlery sets every week.

No rubbish is being recycled from rooms in the country’s 32 border hotels, to reduce the handling of waste and potential spread of Covid-19.

With an average of around 5000 people in managed isolation each day that’s roughly 100,000 meals’ worth of waste dumped in landfills each week.

More than 60,000 people have passed through managed isolation and quarantine hotels since March 26, which would add up to an estimated 2.5 million meals’ worth of waste altogether.

Pandemic claims Kiwi wine reviewer based in Switzerland

A New Zealand woman living and working in Switzerland for more than a decade has died of Covid-19.

Wine reviewer Nina Bobillier, who had part-Swiss and part-New Zealand heritage, succumbed in less than a fortnight to the deadly infection on Monday according to tributes posted online.

Her devastated family based in New Zealand have spoken of their shock and appreciation for the love and support pouring in from friends across the globe.

There would be a funeral in Switzerland and a celebration of her life in New Zealand in coming weeks.

– Additional reporting RNZ.

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