No new community Covid-19 cases in Taranaki, but protesters make mark


Flags and placards were used by New Plymouth anti-mandate protesters on Saturday, along with crys of 'freedom now'.

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Flags and placards were used by New Plymouth anti-mandate protesters on Saturday, along with crys of ‘freedom now’.

There are no new cases of Covid-19 in Taranaki.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Health (MoH) announced 98 new cases of the virus in New Zealand, but none in Taranaki, following two days of reported new cases in the province.

A total of five people returned positive Covid-19 tests, three on Thursday and two on Friday.

However, three from the group had since left to return to homes in Waikato and Rotorua, while two cases lived in New Plymouth and were self-isolating.

Meanwhile, about 200 anti-mandate protesters took to the streets in New Plymouth on Saturday to voice their opinions.

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Anti-mandate protestors walked through Centre City mall on Saturday.

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Anti-mandate protestors walked through Centre City mall on Saturday.

Organised under the Freedom and Rights Coalition banner, the group initially congregated at Puke Ariki Landing before heading off on a march around inner-city streets, which included a stretch of Devon St.

About 100 people, some holding placards or flags, then walked through the Centre City shopping mall, at times chanting ‘freedom now’.

None were observed to be wearing face masks, which are required in the shopping complex.

Two police cars were parked outside the mall, and at least three officers were present inside, watching on.

New Plymouth Sergeant Kane Moses said there were no arrests and the group was well-behaved, with only minimal disruption to mall shoppers.

He said there will be a conversation with organisers in the coming week in regard to mask use.

In its update, MoH also advised that four previously reported cases who tested positive in Taranaki, had been reclassified as part of the Waikato figures, since they lived there.

Two locations of interest remain on the MoH website – Blagdon Hot Bread Bakery and Four Square Blagdon.



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