Quaid 19 updates – as happened.

The nurses’ union says the case of a Code 19 positive patient at Middlemore Hospital shows how health boards have failed to prepare for the infection. See how the day’s Covid 19 news came together with RNZ’s blog.

Four wards are closed, patients are being isolated and 29 staff have been deployed after the case of Covid 19 was inadvertently admitted on Saturday.

Health Minister Andrew Little says the hospital is well-equipped to deal with the virus.

But Kerry Noko, head of the Nurses’ Organization, says such mistakes are part of a failed, low-resource system.

He said a case of Covid 19 was unavoidable and the hospital was caught unprepared – with huge psychological implications for staff, their families and the general population.

National Party leader Judith Collins called it a mess to handle the issue.

Collins said it was a failure of the government and the health ministry, which could have brought faster antigen testing to hospitals, and provided better PPE.

Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield says he does not think there has been any negligence on the part of health officials.

Meanwhile, more than 4 million doses of the Covid 19 vaccine have now been given in New Zealand.

Speaking in today’s government update, which revealed that there are 15 new community cases today, Covid 19 Response Minister Chris Hopkins said 2.6 million New Zealanders had received their first dose, including 366,000 who had previously Weeks had their shots.

“People can leave their homes to get the vaccine, but that doesn’t mean crossing the line,” said Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, director general of health.

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