New Zealand Covid replace: instances drop to 15 as Ardern unveils ‘Mr Whippy-style’ vaccination buses | New Zealand

Covid-19 cases in New Zealand have fallen, a hopeful sign as Auckland steps into the government-planned final week of Level 4 lockdown.

The country announced 15 new cases on Tuesday, halving the number of cases from monday 33.

At this stage of the outbreak, the government is paying special attention to how many of these cases are clearly related to existing infections, as unlinked cases could suggest that the virus is spreading uncontrollably across the community. All of the cases on Tuesday were household contacts of existing cases, said Health Director Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, and the total number of unrelated cases during the outbreak, has dropped to 10 from 17 on Monday.

The Auckland region is now in its fourth week of a level four lockdown, the toughest level of restrictions. The rest of the country exited lockdown last weekalthough there are still some restrictions on gathering size and use of masks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the government had made a “fundamental” decision that Auckland would move from alert level four to three next week.

Ardern also announced that from Northland, the country will be rolling out “Mr Whippy-style” mobile vaccination clinics on buses in an attempt to reach communities where vaccines are less accessible.

“In Australia they started doing something similar and called the mobile outreach clinics Jabba the bus,” said Ardern. “I’m sure we can do better.”

“We have some front runners: the double jab ute and the jabbin ‘car.”

In the meantime, officials are pushing up vaccination rates. A total of 66.5% of the eligible population [those aged 12 years and over] received at least one dose of the vaccine and 34% received both doses. The country currently vaccinates about 55,000 people per day, up from a peak of about 90,000 doses per day in late August.

Ardern urged the New Zealanders to get vaccinated. “Just as we have led the world with the success of our elimination strategy, I want New Zealand to lead the world in the future, both in terms of freedoms and our health and wellbeing,” said Ardern. “With high vaccination rates, we can achieve just that.”

New propane buses might assist district lower your expenses say Lewis County C-1 directors

LEWIS COUNTY, Mon. (WGEM) – For a school district in three states, the ride to school just got better, and there was less diesel odor.

Lewis County’s C-1 School District Superintendent John French said four of their buses now run on propane.

He said they hope this will save taxpayers money on transportation that they can use instead for education.

French said at the moment the district is paying $ 2.25 a gallon for diesel fuel and they are paying $ 1.55 a gallon for propane, but that’s not the only reason administrators are responsible for why their new propane buses work better for them than diesel.

Lewis County’s C-1 bus driver Candi Hudson said she’s been driving a 100% zero-emission propane bus since December after the district got the buses in late fall.

She said apart from driving the same thing, it couldn’t be more different than a diesel bus.

“I don’t have to go out so early to start it so that it doesn’t run that long, it heats up a lot faster in winter. Really, really, on this one [cold] I had it for days and I didn’t even plug it in, “said Hudson.

She said diesel buses broke down in winter and had trouble starting. Plus, they’d be pumping out things that aren’t good to breathe in.

“It’s pretty important while the kids are out there so they don’t breathe in all these fumes and emissions,” Hudson said.

French said the biggest problem is savings. With grants, these buses cost around $ 37,000 less than a diesel bus, which typically costs around $ 100,000.

“For us it was about getting out of the cold and cutting costs if we can and getting more money into class,” said French, “and this was a perfect opportunity.”

In addition, oil changes in propane buses only use a few liters instead of the 8-gallon diesel buses.

“As for the maintenance and stuff, so actual day-to-day operations and, as you know, the total cost of ownership are expected to be lower in a propane bus and even lower in an electric bus,” said French.

However, Hudson said for the kids that they just love having a new bus.

“And the kids notice so much to say when they don’t have their new bus,” said Hudson.

French said they expect to get an electric bus in April as well.

French said at the moment it was hard to know how much they will save compared to a diesel bus, but for the next year they plan to record expenses to compare the cost of diesel, propane and electric bus.

He also mentioned that the propane buses help them meet emissions standards, which he believes has become more difficult over the years, even with new diesel buses.

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