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Covid update here and around the globe

A soldier working security at a managed isolation facility. Photo: Joseph Johnson/Stuff

 

A handful of troops have been disciplined and pulled from duty for misconduct at managed isolation and quarantine hotels.

 

The Defence Force has upheld three instances of alleged misconduct or impropriety in managed isolation hotels since October, according to details obtained by Stuff under the Official Information Act.

 

It included showing an explicit image to a civilian security guard and passing a returnee a note with a service member’s personal phone number.

 

Worldwide disruption to the supply chain caused by Covid-19 has resulted in a backlog of freight ships anchored on the Waitematā Harbour as they wait to dock at the Ports of Auckland.

 

Meanwhile, fire crew were prevented from boarding a container ship which was reported to be leaking carbon monoxide at PrimePort Timaru on Saturday because of a suspected Covid-19 case on the vessel.

 

Crews were aware there was a possible Covid-19 case aboard the ship after communications with New Zealand Customs and port staff.

 

There were eight new Covid-19 cases in managed isolation in Auckland, and no new community cases to report on Saturday. A historical infection was also identified.

 

Global toll

The global case count has risen to 66.3 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

 

The US continues to report the most cases - 14.5m - followed by India and Brazil with 9.6m and 6.5m cases respectively.

 

Fatalities continue to climb as well. To date, 1.5m people had died from the virus, again the majority in the US, Brazil and India.

 

What should I do?

Anyone who wants to get tested can find their local testing centres by visiting the Ministry of Health website.

 

New Zealand, including Auckland, is at Covid-19 alert level 1.

 

Masks are now mandatory for: people travelling on public transport services in and out of the Auckland region; the drivers of small passenger service vehicles in Auckland, such as taxis and app-based ride services; and people travelling on passenger flights throughout New Zealand.

 

A list of exemptions around mask use can be found here.

 

If you are sick, call your GP before you visit, or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

 

To avoid contracting and spreading the virus, wash your hands properly, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow and throw tissues away immediately.

Reach out, find support from people who care, connect with your community or help a neighbour in need.

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