Covid infections may slow in summer; nearly all Pasifika now partially vaccinated

‘Oku taupotu heni ha fakamatala fakaTonga

Rising temperatures could keep number of Covid cases down.

According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health case numbers have remained flat in recent weeks, but new variants could push the numbers back up.

The Ministry said the rise could be limited by warmer summer months.

A total of 11,205 cases were reported in the latest statement, with 17 deaths.

The Ministry of Health has not released separate reports for Maori and Pasifika since August.

The latest separate report, covering the period up to August 14, said  new cases identified as Pacific Peoples had continued to decrease. A total of 1662 cases were reported for the previous week, a drop of 256 cases.

An additional 29 Pacific Peoples were in hospital for COVID-19 during this period, a reduction of six patients.

A total of  1728 Pacific People had been  hospitalised for COVID-19 up to the date of the report. Three more Pacific deaths had been attributed to COVID-19 by 14 August.

Counties Manukau remained the centre of the outbreak.

In the latest overall report, figures show 91.8% of people of all ethnicities in Counties Manukau were partly vaccinated and 61.9% had received a booster shot.

The latest overall report says a total of 91.7% of Pacific Peoples throughout New Zealand have been at least partially vaccinated and 61.2% have received a booster shot.

The main Omicron subvariant in this country is becoming less dominant as new subvariants emerge.

The Ministry of Health said the BA.5 variant accounted for about 75 percent of cases in the two weeks to 30 September.

The BA.4.6 variant’s share increased sharply in the latest data to 15 percent, while the BA.2.75 variant was also gaining and was up to 10 percent.

The Ministry said new variants were emerging,  but there was  no strong evidence of large increases in transmissibility or disease severity associated with the most recent variants.

Vaccination, including boosters, remained effective at decreasing the risk of hospitalisation and death from the Omicron variant.

Everyone in New Zealand aged 5 or over can get a free COVID-19 vaccination. It does not matter what peoples’ visa or citizenship status is.

FAKAMATALA FAKATONGA

Ko e tō’olunga ko ‘eni ‘a e fua māfana ‘e ala pukepuke ai pē ‘a e toko si’i ‘o e ngaahi keisi Kōviti.Fakatatau ki ha lipooti ki mui ni ‘a e Potungāue Mo’ui, ko e toko lahi ko ia ‘o e kau puke ‘oku tu’u tatau ai pē ‘i he ngaahi uike kuo hili, ka ko e kalasi fo’ou te ne ala fakatokolahi e kau puke.Na’e pehē ‘e he Potungāue Mo’ui e ala ta’otaofi pē tupu ‘a e kau puke ‘e he māfana ange ‘a e ngaahi māhina ‘o e faha’i ta’u māfana.’I he lau fakamuimui taha ko e keisi ‘e 11,205, mo e mate ai ‘e 17.Kuo te’eki ke toe tuku mai ‘e Potungāue Mo’ui ha lipooti makehe ki he kāinga Mauli mo e Pasifiki talu mei ‘Aokosi.Ko e lipooti fakamuimui ‘o a’u mai ki ‘Aokosi 14, na’e pehē ‘oku mahino mei he ngaahi keisi fo’ou ‘a e holo ai pē ‘a e kāinga Pasifiki.Ko ha keisi fakakātoa ‘e 1662 na’e lipooti ‘i he uike kimu’a, ko ha holo ‘aki ia ha toko 256.’Oku toe tānaki mai mo e kakai pasifiki ‘e toko 29 ‘oku tākoto falemahaki ‘i he Kōviti – 19 ‘i he fo’i vaa’i taimi ko ‘eni, ko e holo ‘aki ia ‘a e kau puke ‘e toko ono.Ko ha toko 1728 ia ‘o e toko lahi ‘o e kakai pasifiki ‘oku tākoto falemahaki ‘i he Kōviti – 19, ‘i he’ene hā ‘i he lipooti fakamuimui. Ko e toko tolu pasifiki na’e toe mate, tu’unga he Kōviti – 19, ‘i he a’u mai ki he ‘aho 14 ‘o ‘Aokosi. ‘Oku kei tu’u pē ‘a Manukau ko e uhonga ia ‘o e mafola ‘a e mahaki. ‘I he lipooti fakalukufua fakamuimui ‘oku pehē ai ko ha 91.7 % fakakātoa ‘o e kotoa ‘o e ngaahi matakali ‘i he vāhenga Manukau kuo nau ‘osi huhu pea ko e 61.9 % kuo nau ‘osi huhu booster. ‘Oku pehē ‘e he lipooti fakamuimui ko e 91.7 fakakātoa ‘o e kakai Pasifiki ‘i Nu’usila kotoa kuo ‘osi huhu malu’i pea 61.2% kuo ‘osi honau huhu booster. Kuo kamata ke vaivai ange ‘a e kalasi ko ia ko e Omicron ‘i he ‘asi hake ko ‘eni ‘a e kalasi fo’ou. Na’e pehē ‘e he Potungāue Mo’ui ko e 75% ‘o e keisi ‘oku lau ia ki he kalasi ko ‘eni ko e BA.5, ‘i ha uike ‘e 2 ‘i he’ene a’u mai ki he ‘aho 30 ‘0 Sepitema. Ko e kalasi ko ia ko e BA.4.6 ‘oku vave mo ‘ene kaka hake ki ‘olunga ‘o a’u ki he 15%, kae 10% ‘a e kalasi BA.2.75Na’e pehē ‘e he potungāue ‘oku ‘asi hake ha kalasi fo’ou ka ‘oku te’eki ha fakamo’oni mālohi ki ha vave ‘ene mafola pe fu’u fakatu’utāmakiKo e huhu malu’i kau ai ‘a e booster, ‘oku kei tu’u mo e ola lelei ‘i hono fakasi’isi’i ‘o e tākoto falemahaki mo e mate mei he kalasi Omicron.’Oku ‘atā ke huhu Kōviti -19 ‘a e taha kotoa pē ‘i Nu’usila ni ‘oku ta’u 5 pe lahgi ange. ‘Oku ‘ikai toe fakalaulau pe ko e hā e visa pe tu’unga e nofo he fonua ni.

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