https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/250747/eight_col_000_8Q44MY.jpg?1607208874 Seven new cases of Covid-19 are being reported in managed isolation and quarantine since Monday. (file pic) Photo: AFP The Ministry of Health also said a New Zealander in Taiwan had tested positive for Covid-19, officials there have reported, but they have not been in New Zealand while infectious and do not pose a health risk to the New Zealand public. There are no new cases in the community. In a statement the ministry said with 17 recoveries, active cases stand at 49 and confirmed cases at 1772. One case arrived on 13 December from South Africa via the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and tested positive after symptoms appeared. One person arrived on 14 December from the United States and tested positive around day three of their stay, but has been classified as a historical case. Two cases arrived on 15 December – from the United States and the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/113218/eight_col_Max.jpg?1605720139 China will suspend direct flights to and from Britain indefinitely over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus, its foreign ministry has said. China Eastern Airlines. (File photo). Photo: AFP “After much consideration, China has decided to take reference from other countries and suspend flights to and from UK,” foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters at a daily briefing. “China will closely monitor relevant developments and dynamically adjust control measures depending on the situation”. Countries across the globe are shutting their borders to Britain after the emergence of a highly infectious new coronavirus strain. There are currently eight weekly flights between mainland China and Britain, according to aviation data provider Variflight, including one each by Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines. British Airways operates two flights a week from London to Shanghai. China barred non-Chinese travellers from Britain last month, including those with valid ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta has welcomed news the United Kingdom and the European Union have reached an agreement on their future relationship. “We warmly congratulate the UK and the EU on the announcement. We know this has not been an easy process and we acknowledge there are further steps before the agreement is formalised.” The UK and EU are both long-standing friends and important, like-minded partners of New Zealand. It has always been in the interests of third countries, including New Zealand, that the UK’s exit from the EU was managed in a way that provides maximum continuity and stability, including for our exporters. “In 2021, we look forward to deepening our links both with the UK and the EU for the benefit of our respective peoples,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “This includes negotiating high-quality and comprehensive free trade agreements with both the EU and the UK, consistent with Aotearoa ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Scott-Morrison-e1579883560878.jpg If there’s one overwhelming feeling we have this Christmas, it’s one of thankfulness. This year has not been easy for any of us. Some of us have faced the loss of loved ones. Others, the loss of jobs and their livelihoods. Separation from family. Isolation during lockdowns and lost gatherings with those we love. For all of us this year has been a time of stress and a lot of uncertainty. Yet through it all, once again, we have rallied to each other, together. Australians are an amazing people with an amazing spirit. This year the Australian spirit has shone brightly again. Though we had to be distant socially, emotionally we connected and turned to each other. With everyone playing their part. Even now in Sydney, on the Northern Beaches, everyone is still there doing their bit to keep all of us safe right across the country. No matter ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115538/eight_col_000_8XG9L8.jpg?1608696876 The New South Wales government has announced “modest changes” to coronavirus restrictions across Greater Sydney, but most lockdown orders will remain for the northern beaches over Christmas. A health official takes samples for Covid-19 tests from residents of the northern beaches in Sydney. Photo: AFP Premier Gladys Berejiklian held a “crisis Cabinet” meeting this morning to determine how people across NSW would spend their Christmas Day. After announcing eight new positive Covid-19 cases, the premier revealed there would now be two sets of restrictions for the northern and southern areas of the northern beaches. The northern section includes anyone living north of Narrabeen Bridge and east of the Baha’i temple in Mona Vale, and the southern section the rest of the local government area. “If you’re a resident of the northern part of the northern beaches … you cannot leave your area. You are still in lockdown,” she said. ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115558/eight_col_000_8XL8KA.jpg?1608744937 Britain has detected a new variant of the coronavirus in contacts of cases who have travelled from South Africa, Health Secretary Matt Hancock says. South Africa believes a new genetic mutation it has found could be responsible for a recent surge of cases in the country. (file photo). Photo: 123rf.com South Africa’s health department said last week that a new genetic mutation of the virus had been found and might be responsible for a recent surge in infections there. “Thanks to the impressive genomic capability of the South Africans, we’ve detected two cases of another new variant of coronavirus here in the UK,” Hancock told a media briefing. “Both are contacts of cases who have travelled from South Africa over the past few weeks.” Britain is already battling to curb the spread of a mutated strain of the virus which is up to 70 percent more transmissible. “This new ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Christmas-2.jpg It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don’t have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some.Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115556/eight_col_XMAS1.jpg?1608743131 Almost 6000 people are spending Christmas in a managed isolation facility. Christmas fan Margaret O’Connoll has been creating a decoration every day since she began her isolation. Photo: Supplied / Margaret O’Connell Some of the 32 hotels are running Christmas-themed competitions, or delivering special lunches of turkey and ham. A two-week stay in a heavily-guarded hotel room with daily medical checks and strict movement rules isn’t the traditional image of the nativity. Jen Pitch is one of the approximately 5800 people who will be spending Christmas in managed isolation. “It was hard when we were planning to come here,” she said. “But once we got over the initial feelings of, ‘Oh no!’, we were just like: at the end of the day, 2020 has been an absolute write off. “So what’s another couple of holidays that we can’t really have fun in?” She arrived in Auckland from Melbourne on ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115553/eight_col_RNZD1398.jpg?1608714735 National says the government needs to front over concerns about a new strain of Covid-19 in the UK, thought to be up to 70 percent more contagious. National’s Chris Bishop said the government needed to respond to the new strain by introducing pre-departure tests for arrivals from the UK. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas More than 40 countries have barred UK arrivals due to the new variant of coronavirus there. As of today, Britain has detected another variant in contacts of cases who have travelled from South Africa Public health experts, including professors Nick Wilson and Michael Baker have called for more stringent border measures in response. The government has declined several requests from RNZ for an interview this week. In a statement, a spokesperson said they were in communication with health authorities in the UK and “monitoring the situation closely”. “The Ministry of Health is confident New Zealand’s ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/46108/eight_col_large_1M1A0496.jpg?1440540440 A policy used by the Commerce Commission to encourage individuals to inform on their anti-competitive partners looks set to stay once the behaviour becomes criminal. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson From 8 April 2021 a cartel – where two or more businesses agree not to compete with each other – would be a criminal offence, rather than a civil one. The Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on what this would mean for its leniency policy, something competition lawyer Tony Dellow said had been an effective tool in exposing cartels. The policy granted leniency for the first person to come forward and disclose the behaviour, providing certain conditions were met, including that the individual had not coerced anyone into the cartel. Under the law change the commission could still grant leniency, but it would be up to the solicitor-general to grant immunity from prosecution. Dellow said the prospect of a ...

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