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New Zealand cases spike sharply 

Unvaccinated United Airlines staff facing layoffs New Zealand cases soared New Zealand's daily Covid cases jumped sharply to 45 - more than five times the previous day's number. The rise came after days of about 12 cases a day, and about a week after the Auckland region lifted its strictest lockdown restrictions. “This is a big number. This is a serious number. I don't think anyone involved in this process will celebrate the numbers we see today," said Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins. "But the fact that a significant proportion of known contacts or household contacts shows little of the nature of this particular outbreak that we are now dealing with is concentrated in a larger household way." The Director General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, said a number of cases had been estimated by health officials - most of the Auckland outbreak spread through extended family groups. Thirty-three of the new cases were known to households or close contacts of existing cases. Of these, 26 are household contacts, and 12 are from two households. Twelve cases are not connected. Tess McClure reports from Christchurch with Eva Corlett in Wellington.


Hello and welcome to today's live coronavirus coverage. New Zealand's daily Covid cases jumped sharply to 45 on Wednesday - more than five times the previous day's number. The rise came after days of about 12 cases a day, and about a week after the Auckland region lifted its strictest lockdown restrictions. Meanwhile in America, United Airlines said on Tuesday nearly 600 US-based employees were facing layoffs after failing to comply with the carrier's vaccination policies. In early August, the company became the first US airline to require Covid vaccination for all domestic workers, requiring proof of vaccination by Monday. More on these stories soon. Meanwhile, here are other important developments: Scotland will delay the entry into force of vaccine passports by introducing a two-week grace period for venues, said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. In the UK, more than one in ten secondary school students and more than a third of school staff who contract the coronavirus have had long-standing Covid-19 symptoms, according to the latest figures. The UN chief has called on rich countries to step up efforts to protect workers hit by the Covid-19 pandemic with an injection of an additional $1tn (£736bn) to avoid a double-track recovery that is widening the gap with the world. poorest countries. A chair will be appointed at Christmas for the UK's public inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic and sessions should take place across the country, Boris Johnson told the group Bereaved Families for Covid-19 Justice. Turkey will "never" close schools again despite the recent increase in coronavirus infections, its health minister Fahrettin Koca said today. New Covid infections in Romania rose to a record high of 11,049 in the past 24 hours, its government said Tuesday. In the US, a federal appeals panel said New York City could mandate teachers to be vaccinated against Covid. Pakistan will start vaccinating children aged 12 and over after the decline in Covid-19 deaths across the country. Australians will be able to test themselves for Covid at home from November using rapid antigen test kits purchased from pharmacies or online, health authorities have announced.

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