16 Nov 2022

Health Ministry warns of Covid surge in Christmas season

From Checkpoint, 5:15 pm on 16 November 2022

A tray of RAT tests could be passed around with the nibbles and bubbly at Christmas parties this year.

The Ministry of Health is finalising its official advice for the festive season - as Covid case numbers stubbornly rise, again.

Health officials say the current wave could peak at as many as 11,000 cases a day in December.

Māori and Pasifika people are now eligible for a second booster from age 40, and anyone who is due theirs is being urged to get one before the holidays.

Health correspondent Rowan Quinn reports.