New Zealand is exploring how to make its managed isolation and quarantine system more equitable after sustained demand.The booking system received 1m hits when vouchers for June and July were released, causing the website to crash.Radio New Zealand reports that the government is receiving 100 complaints a week about the system.
With people currently needing to reserve rooms about 16 weeks in advance, a waitlist is being considered to manage the demand.One Australia-based Kiwi likened the booking system to “fans fighting over concert tickets”.
Papua New Guinea has reported a record number of Covid-19 cases over the weekend as doctors warn that the hospital system is in the brink of being overwhelmed and more people could die outside emergency rooms.
The news came as a photograph of a woman who died outside the Port Moresby General Hospital went viral on social media causing outrage with fears the woman’s death was due to hospital being overwhelmed due to Covid-19.
Papua New Guinea announced 242 new Covid 19 cases on 20 March bringing the country’s total to 3,359 with 36 deaths. It follows a record 295 new cases on Friday, with the country reporting a seven-day average of 181 new cases a day in the week to 20 March: