Dr Rawiri Taonui |Covid-19 Update for Māori 10 April 2020 | | Active Cases Decrease Further; Māori Percentage Declining, Māori &Pacific Testing Data Issues
|10 Apr 2020 22:00 PM|
|Author: Dr Rawiri Taonui|
|Photo image supplied / Dr Rawiri Taonui|
Covid-19 Update for Māori 10 April 2020 | | Active Cases Decrease Further; Māori Percentage Declining, Māori &Pacific Testing Data Issues
1. Total Cases
New Zealand has 44 new cases today and 1283 in total. 85% are associated with overseas travel and their contacts. The number of new cases reverses the previous five day decline (89-67-54-50-29) but remains lower than previous peaks of 80 to 90 per day. With significant testing taking place, this is positive.
Active Cases Stable
373 people have recovered. Active Cases (the total of all cases less those who have recovered) is 910 a further positive downward step.
At 425 cases, the 12 clusters account for nearly 30% of all cases. Travel (and contacts) account for 85% of all cases. With new quarantine and isolation rules, this gives confidence against community transmission.
2. Māori Cases
Total & Percentage
There are 3 new Māori cases and 103 in total. The Māori percentage decrease incrementally to 8.0% of all cases. With the majority cases concerning Pākehā and travel, credit is due to the tribal/territorial checkpoints.
3. Pacific Peoples Cases
There are 6 new Pacific cases. This is an increase of 13% which is a concern. Conversely, it may reflect lifting testing in Pacific communities.
4. Testing Data & Information
Testing total is at 55,685 or 11150 per million of population. That compares very well on the world level.
The Government has begun releasing more ethnic data on testing. Yesterday there were two releases about the ethnic ratios of testing. There are concerns about the data.
At 40,000, tests the Ministry of Health reports that Māori are 14.4% of those tested and Pacific Peoples are 7.2%.
There are issues and concerns with the data.
The Ministry’s reluctance to release DHB data by ethnicity reflects a white risk-management approach to data and information for Māori and Pacific communities. Information is not a privilege. Information is power and our communities need this information to empower them to make the right decisions and choices in the fight against Covid-19. Supposedly we are all in this together.
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