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189 NEW COVID-19 CASES

Today’s cases

- Timaru District - 164

- Waimate District - 14

- Mackenzie District - 8

- Unknown - 3.

Active cases

- Timaru District - 821

- Waimate District - 99

- Mackenzie District - 26

- Unknown - 52

Nine additional RAT collection sites for Canterbury

Today nine additional RAT collection sites will open at pharmacies across Canterbury.

These pharmacies will be only be fulfilling orders so please remember to place your order for RATs before heading to a collection site - and have your order number ready when you arrive.

Pharmac to fund new treatments for lung and ovarian cancer

Pharmac has confirmed today they are funding a bundle deal which will give New Zealanders more effective treatment options for lung cancer and ovarian cancer. The bundle deal also includes a new medicine for people with severe eosinophilic asthma.

New advice from Heart Foundation - 'nuts and seeds'

New advice from the Heart Foundation reveals that eating as little as three to four handfuls of nuts and seeds a week has a significant benefit for heart health, decreasing the risk of heart disease by around 20%.

Rapid antigen tests more widely available in schools and early learning - Hipkins

Nearly a million more rapid antigen tests are being made available and easier to access in schools and early learning centres, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

220 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in South Canterbury

Today’s cases

- Timaru District - 183

- Waimate District - 17

- Mackenzie District - 6

- Unknown - 14.

Active cases

- Timaru District - 756

- Waimate District - 96

- Mackenzie District - 22

- Unknown - 57

Youth require more protection from access to vaping products - Hutt Valley DHB

A study conducted recently by the University of Otago and Regional Public Health Wellington has found that despite recent changes to vaping regulations in New Zealand, some retailers are circumventing regulations designed to protect young people from exposure to vaping products and promotions.

NZMA welcomes Interim Maori Health Authority funding

The New Zealand Medical Association firmly supports the Interim Māori Health Authority with full commissioning capabilities, and the new funding announced today is another step towards a health system that delivers health equity for Māori, NZMA Deputy Chair Dr Vanessa Weenink said.

Tautoko Rural initiative 'boosts support' for rural practices and hospitals through COVID-19

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network’s new Tautoko Rural initiative will provide rural practices and community owned rural hospitals with support to conquer COVID-19 outbreaks in their communities.

Reporting your RAT result important to get the support you need

With Omicron case numbers rising in the community, we’re reminding Cantabrians of the importance of registering rapid antigen test (RAT) results so they can be connected to the support they need while isolating.