Ministry of Health figures ‘confirm’ there were around 40,000 cases of COVID in the country last week.
Epidemiologist Michael Baker wants Kiwis to wear masks while out Christmas shopping. He advised picking a quieter time to do it, and also recommended using a respiratory mask, such as the N95.
Baker told the NZHerald that anyone infected this weekend would likely miss out on Christmas. ‘It means you will miss out on Christmas because you will either be at home isolating or you will unknowingly have the virus and be infecting loved ones.’
‘We know the virus is more prevalent right now and the more people you share an indoor environment with the higher the risk.
‘If you are with 10 other people there is a 20 per cent chance of someone there having the virus. It is quite a significant risk,’ he said.