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Dr Rawiri Taonui | COVID Update for Māori 25 April 2020 | Steady Progress in the Shadow of Ethnic Under-Testing
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COVID Update for Māori 25 April 2020 | Steady Progress in the Shadow of Ethnic Under-Testing
Dr Rawiri Taonui

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New and Total Cases

There are 5 new cases again today. Total cases are 1461. New cases are single digit for 7 consecutive days 9-9-5-6-3-5-5. There is a single new death today and 18 in total.

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Recovered and Active Cases

There are 1118 recovered cases and a new low of 325. This massive 63% decline since the peak of 930 active cases on April 6, is a real achievement of the lockdown. We need active cases to drop below 50 by the end of Level 3.

There are 15 days to 11 May when the government will decide whether to stay at Level 3 or move down to Level 2 or even 1. Subject to there being no undetected pockets of community transmission and satisfactory testing in the regions and among Māori and Pacific Peoples communities, on the current trend, active cases could reduce to around 100 cases within 7 days and below 50 by 11 May.

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5,134 tests were processed yesterday. Total testing is 115,015 at 23,000 tests per million. This is heading toward the right territory by international standards. Subject to any yet undiscovered pockets of community transmission in the regions, we are on top of COVID-19.

Not including small independent territories, our testing compares well with the top rates of testing per million of the population in other countries. Israel, Estonia, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway and Switzerland are above 30,000 tests per million. We are rapidly approaching that level. Our next goal should be 25,000 tests per million then 30,000 tests per million.

Māori Cases

There is 1 new Māori case. The total is 125. We are now 8.6% of all cases. In the last 9 days, new cases have run 2-1-0-2-1-0-0-0-1. This is positive. There is thorough testing in the 4 DHBs of Auckland and the Waikato, but under-testing in several regions, 8 of which are priorities.

Pacific Peoples Cases

There is 1 new Pacific case. The total is 70. Pacific remain steady at 4.7% of all cases but still below demographic. Over the last 11 days, new cases have run 1-1-1-1-1-0-0-1-1-1-1. This is positive.

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                           Noho haumaru stay safe and self-sovereign, Dr Rawiri Taonui.
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