Coronavirus

Covid spikes to highest levels in 18 months

New Zealand is experiencing its highest peak in Covid-19 cases since December 2022, professor Michael Baker says. Last week, the ministry reported 6146 new... Read More

Covid-19: 6146 cases, 19 further deaths

The number of new cases of Covid-19 has increased by around 50 per cent this week from the previous week where numbers of new cases had also climbed from the... Read More

Long Covid sufferers scared they'll face penalties

People suffering from Long Covid are scared they will face penalties under the coalition government's benefit reset. Social Development Minister Louise... Read More

Edgy feature film for Tauranga-born director

As the countdown continues for the world premiere of the Australian-produced, edgy, mystery-drama Anno 2020 - at a red-carpet event in Sydney on April 7 - attention... Read More

Covid-19 inquiry attracts 11,000 submissions

Public consultation on the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Covid-19 Lessons has concluded, Internal Affairs Minister Hon Brooke van Velden... Read More

Over 5000 pandemic stories to Covid-19 inquiry

With one week of public submissions still to go, over 5000 stories of the pandemic have been shared so far with the Covid-19 Inquiry, says Inquiry Chair Professor... Read More

Building activity to return to pre-Covid levels

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has today published the National Construction Pipeline Report 2023 providing a projection of national building... Read More

Additional supplies of free RATs until June

Additional supplies of Covid-19 rapid antigen tests (RATs) will enable continued free testing for the public and health sector through to the end of June 2024,... Read More

Wastewater samples suggest Omicron wave fading

The latest Covid-19 wastewater figures show a sharp decline over the past two weeks. Surveillance figures from the Institute of Environmental Science and... Read More

Covid-19 threatens fifth wave

Waning immunity and complacency have contributed to the fifth wave of Covid-19 in New Zealand, an epidemiologist is warning. The current summer wave of Covid-19... Read More

Future supply of new Covid-19 vaccines confirmed

A vaccine to combat the newer strains of Covid-19 has been approved and will be available to New Zealanders in time for winter 2024. Medsafe has approved... Read More

Older Kiwis urged to get Covid-19 boosters

Public health officials are recommending that people who are more likely to experience severe Covid-19, such as Māori and Pacific people aged 50 and over, as... Read More