By Māori Covid-19 Analyst Dr Rawiri Taonui, in partnership with Te Ao Māori News.
There were 185 new cases in the Delta outbreak today. This is the third-highest daily total in the outbreak.
The highest three daily totals have come in the last six days (185, 190, 206).
The new total of all cases is 4,998.
- There were 84 Māori cases today.
- This is the third-highest total in the Delta outbreak.
- The highest three totals have come in the last six days (84, 87, 90).
- Māori remain the highest total Delta cases with 1,893.
- We will remain the highest number through to the end of the year.
Active cases and home isolation
- Māori have the highest number of active cases at 1,343.
- This is 43.4% of all active cases.
- Active cases translate into higher numbers isolating, with minimal support at home.
- Today in Auckland, 1,255 active cases are isolating, with 1,580 other whānau in 885 households. We can assume a significant number are Māori.
- Over the past week, there have been three deaths among those isolating at home. Two were Māori.
- Active cases also translate into hospitalisations.
- On October 16, 41 Māori had been hospitalised during the outbreak. This was 64 lower than the 105 Pacific peoples hospitalised.
- Māori hospitalisations have more than doubled since then. They are rising two times faster than for Pacific peoples.
- As of today, there are 93 Māori hospitalisations compared with 131 for Pacific peoples.
- At this rate, Māori will constitute the largest number of hospitalisations by the end of this month.
Anti-Vaxxers and Māori vaccinations
There is a strange confluence in protests from white racists, anti-vaxxers, alien conspiracists, Donald Trump supporters who believe he is Julius Caesar reborn, tithe-enriched biblically semi-illiterate self-anointed apostles and some Māori.
Despite these groups' worst efforts, the silent majority of Māori continues to pursue vaccination.
Since September 15, Māori vaccinations have increased by 54.3%, which is more than double for the Pākehā population on 23.4%.
Kia noho haumaru.
Dr Rawiri Taonui.