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Friday 20 January 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health, National
Te Marae Ora (TMO)
Ministry for Health secretary Bob Williams said the numbers have decreased with
a seven-day rolling average of 16 in the first week of January to January 10.
Williams has confirmed that
there is one hospitalisation case which is considered “moderate” Covid.
At this stage, he said the
patient requires oxygen supplement and has been admitted for three days
receiving appropriate treatment as per TMO guideline.
Williams said the condition
of the patient has been improving.
A week ago, the country
recorded its second Covid-19 related death - an 82-year-old woman in Mauke.
The first Covid death was
of a 63-year-old woman who had underlying health conditions and died in April,
Te Marae Ora had also
confirmed a week ago that there was a case of the new variant of Covid-19 –
XBB1 – in the country.
Meanwhile, Williams says
medical staff in the Pa Enua are assisted by staff from Rarotonga through
tele-health with weekly meetings and emergency support to deal with Covid cases
on the islands.
He said if necessary TMO
will send a team across.
Te Marae Ora has also
instructed staff to screen for high risk population.
Williams said the ministry
will also be sending oral antiviral (Paxlovid) which can prevent severe
infection if taken within five days from onset of symptoms.
The ministry will also provide
training and support for triaging of cases and on eligibility of oral
Te Marae Ora earlier this
month announced that it had reintroduced compulsory mask-wearing and RAT
testing for those entering health facilities. It also encouraged mask-wearing
in enclosed spaces.