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6 border cases and 1 linked community case already in managed isolation

There are 6 new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation, four of which are historical. There is one new community case, linked to the Auckland February cases, who is already in quarantine.

New leptospirosis study urges stronger vaccination uptake in dry stock farming

Researchers from Massey University and the University of Warwick have found that non-dairy stock farmers are just as likely to get infected with leptospirosis as dairy farmers, proving the disease is no longer dominant in one farming sector.

General Practice students fly high in recent exams - RNZCGP

The future of general practice is in good hands after two of the highest pass rates in recent years were achieved by registrars (trainee GPs) in their recent clinical and written exams.

Border worker vaccinations underway

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says New Zealand has arrived at a key point in its pandemic response, with today’s first vaccinations of border workers.

'G7 leaders are shooting themselves in the foot by failing to tackle global vaccine access'

Ahead of the virtual meeting of G7 leaders hosted by the UK government on Friday 19 February, Amnesty International has warned that failure to ensure global access to vaccines represents an abject moral failure that will ultimately harm rich countries.

Covid-19 vaccine's trial run - Ministry of Health

A small group of vaccinators have given and received their first COVID-19 vaccinations this afternoon (19 February) as part of final preparations before tomorrow’s rollout of New Zealand’s immunisation programme.

Changing the lives of Pacific youth - Waitemata DHB

Waitematā DHB’s community alcohol and drug service (CADS) is leading the way with a specialised programme for pacific youth who experience alcohol and/or drug issues.

Algal bloom in Lake Pegasus - Canterbury DHB

Canterbury DHB’s Community and Public Health unit has issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found in Lake Pegasus.

4 cases of COVID-19

There is one new case of COVID-19 in the community linked to the existing Auckland February cases.

Health warning lifted for Lake Kainui and remains in place for Lakes Whangape and Waikare

The health warning issued earlier this month for Lake Kainui has now been lifted, after two consecutive tests showed cyanobacterial levels to be once again below the warning level.