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Cambodian uses scarecrows to 'ward off' Covid play stuff

Ek Chan has avoided the novel coronavirus so far without masks or social distancing but rather, she believes, the ...

Ek Chan has avoided the coronavirus so far without masks or social distancing but rather, she believes, the scarecrows she has made to keep the deadly virus at bay.

Pakistan great Shoaib Akhtar warns NZC to 'behave yourself' video

Shoaib Akhtar says the Pakistan Cricket Board should consider boycotting New Zealand for five years.

The former fast bowler has blasted NZ Cricket for treating the Pakistan like a club team.

No crowds, just one block: A Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade like no other

The Boss Baby balloon, viewed from a barricade two blocks away, makes an appearance during the modified Macy's ...

Coronavirus restrictions mean the famous US parade is without the throngs of people usually scrambling for a view.

Disney ups layoffs to 32,000 workers as Disneyland remains closed amid Covid-19

Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

The additional layoffs come after Disney executives slammed California officials for not allowing Disneyland to reopen. The Californa park has been closed since March.

As season nears, Europe ponders skiing during pandemic

The Zermatt ski resort in Switzerland. Restrictions to slow the curve of coronavirus infections have kept ski lifts ...

Ski resorts were one of the major sources of contagion in the deadly spring surge of Covid-19.

AstraZeneca to conduct fresh trial, CEO says

Astra and its CEO are facing scrutiny as the drug maker responds to growing confusion over the vaccine.

The Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is facing growing scrutiny with experts questioning its efficiency numbers.

Covid-19: Millions face tight post-lockdown restrictions in England

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London, after quarantining following ...

When England ends its second lockdown, a tougher system of regional restrictions will take its place, with almost everyone in the country classed as living in high or very high risk areas for Covid-19.

Salvation Army Covid impact report 'disturbing and illuminating' video

The Salvation Army have said that without decisive action, ‘child poverty and hardship will increase, and poverty ...

For many Kiwi families, festive cheer may be lacking in the "Covid Christmas".

Pakistan cricket squad on 'final warning' after breaking managed isolation rules video

Six members of the Pakistan cricket squad have tested positive for Covid-19 while staying in managed isolation at the ...

Cricketers who are in New Zealand to play the Black Caps receive a stern warning as six test positive for Covid-19 and members of the tour party are caught on CCTV flouting isolation hotel rules.

Senior doctor deaths blamed on burnout and stress video

Senior doctors are overstretched and overworked, union leaders say.

Six senior doctors have taken their own lives in two years while patients across the country will be seeing overly-fatigued doctors “every weekend”, a union leader says.

US set to gather for Thanksgiving, world watches with disbelief

A lone rail traveller heads to her train Wednesday, past the Christmas tree in the Grand Hall of Chicago's Union Station ...

A shared, indoor meal with a turkey and inter-household mixing. Thanksgiving looks set to increase the chances of triggering superspreader events in the US.

Error in vaccine manufacturing taints AstraZeneca study results

Experts say the relatively small number of people in the low-dose group makes it difficult to know if the effectiveness ...

Experts say the relatively small number of people in the low-dose group makes it difficult to know if the effectiveness seen in the group is real or a statistical quirk.

New mask rules for MIQ staff video

Staff in MIQ facilities will now need to wear N95 masks in situations where they cannot keep a two-metre distance from ...

N95 masks will be standard for those in close proximity to patients after concerns were raised Covid-19 could be transmitted through the air.

Doctors’ union warns West Coast poised to lose specialist care video

Greymouth's new hospital opened in 2019.

Changes to the medical workforce on the West Coast will put patients at risk and cut their access to specialist care, the doctors’ union says.

Air NZ Covid-19 case probably caught virus overseas video

Fourteen Air New Zealand workers are in managed isolation after one returned a positive test. (File photo)

The worker's strain of the virus is not linked to any known New Zealand strains, but it is not yet clear if it originated in China or somewhere else.

Buller council forced to chlorinate Reefton's water supply

For West Coast travel feature - Reefton.

Reefton's water supply will be chlorinated before the Buller District Council is forced to chlorinate or fined by health authorities.

Doctors turn up the heat for hospital cooling

The lack of air-conditioning at Hawke's Bay Hospital in Hastings has been a contentious issue in previous years, with ...

"An ice block just doesn't quite cut the mustard": Hawke's Bay Hospital asked to take action to avoid another sweltering summer for patients and staff.

Why we need action to stop us being so still video

The World Health Organisation recommends muscle-strengthening activity at least twice a week.

Too much sitting is bad for you, but a new study suggests short period of exercise can help combat the damage.

'Specialist shortage' causing burnout, doctors warn

New research from the senior doctors' union shows public hospitals have, on average, only three-quarters of the ...

Senior doctors say a dwindling workforce is contributing to stress and burnout — as well as long waits for patients.

Anxious wait for Air NZ staff in isolation

Fourteen crew members - including the positive case - returned from Shanghai on Wednesday and went straight into a ...

Today's results from genomic testing will show whether the Covid-positive crew member caught the virus in Shanghai or in New Zealand.

Covid card trial developers 'overwhelmed' by valuable feedback

Tara Teakel was among the 1270 people to take part in the trial of the Bluetooth enabled Covid tracing card.

Card developers hail Covid card's ease of use and fact it doesn't rely on smartphones.

Data from 45 countries show containing Covid-19 vs saving the economy is a false dichotomy

There is concern that stronger measures against the virus, from social distancing to full lockdowns, worsen its impact ...

ANALYSIS: The notion of a trade-off between health measures and the economy is not supported by data from 45 countries.

New research suggests immunity to Covid-19 is better than we first thought

This electron microscope image shows a human T cell, in blue, with the coronavirus in yellow.

ANALYSIS: Several new studies show our immune responses to the virus can last at least eight or nine months, and probably longer.

How Covid-19 genome sequencing maps spread of the virus video

Machine sorts positive Covid-19 samples for genome testing.

Urgent genome sequencing in the case of an Air New Zealand crew member with Covid-19 could provide more clues to where they got infected.

Virus-killing robot zaps airport viruses

LightStrike is described as the world's first-proven coronavirus-killing robot.

Meet LightStrike, a high-tech plug-in pushcart using powerful bursts of UV light to combat viruses on surfaces.

Dementia lacking spotlight and funding

Dementia New Zealand marketing manager Lisa Burns.

Dementia is set to cost NZ billions, but there are warnings that efforts to keep people out of hospital are being hampered.

Dad and baby's first meeting sealed with kiss outside Christchurch isolation hotel video

Mochamad Rahman meets his baby boy Sultan Bristowe, 6 months, for the first time.

A new dad is finally reunited with his family, after missing the first six months of his baby son's life due to Covid-19.

Families unable to see sick parents due to lack of MIQ space video

Abhyash Maharaj, 77, was diagnosed with cancer in September. His children in Australia are finding it difficult to get ...

With spaces not opening up in managed isolation facilities until next year, some say they are stuck overseas, unable to see their sick parents.

Cash for 'third world' hospital ward upgrade used to settle contractor dispute video

Patients have to share toilets with six others at Parkside.

The Ministry of Health reached the $13.8 million settlement in February last year.

Women's Refuge busier than ever

Nelson Women’s and Children’s Refuge manager Diane Strong.

A donation of more than $8900 will help the Nelson Women’s and Children’s Refuge meet the increasing demand for services in the community.

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