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Dr Ashley Bloomfield clarifies difference between COVID-19 and COVID-related deaths - Newshub
New Zealand has recorded 26 deaths from the virus so far with the latest announced on Saturday.
During the COVID-19 update on Thursday, Dr Bloomfield was asked to clarify the difference between people who have died with COVID-19 and those who have died from COVID-19 and if there was any difference in how they were recorded. "Right from the start of the pandemic, we have been very inclusive in our approach to our approach of categorising deaths as COVID-19-related deaths," he said. "You might recall when we had a number of deaths last year sadly related to aged residential care. A number of those people had actually not been swabbed because of the nature of their conditions but they were categorised as probable cases because of their symptoms and the situation." Because of this, their deaths were recorded in New Zealand's COVID-19 death toll. Dr Bloomfield said a COVID-19 death was someone who died due to COVID-19, while a COVID-19- related death was someone who died while sick with COVID-19. New Zealand's death toll includes people who have both died with and from COVID-19. "The latest case we had, someone who had a confirmed COVID-19 infection, whilst they had a significant, serious pre-existing condition, we have categorised the death, as COVID-19-related. Most countries are doing this, for example in the UK they categorise everyone who dies within 28 days of being hospitalised with COVID-19 as being categorised as a COVID-19-related death."
Woman's desperate call to 111: 'I just shot my partner' - Stuff.co.nz
A woman who mistakenly shot her partner dead could have called out to find out who was there, before pulling the trigger, a jury has heard.
SARAH ROBSON OF RNZ Last updated 16:48, February 18 2021 Amy Christine Smith is on trial in the High Court at Auckland. She is charged with murder. This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission. A woman who mistakenly shot her partner could have called out to find out who was there, before pulling the trigger, a jury has heard. Amy Christine Smith is on trial in the High Court at Auckland, charged with murdering Danny Bruce Taylor in April 2019. Taylor was found dead at a house at South Head on the Kaipara Harbour, a rural area north-west of Auckland. In his opening address to the jury, Crown prosecutor David Johnstone said Smith would often stay with Taylor on his farm. In the converted barn where Taylor lived, Johnstone said there was a substantial amount of cannabis, as well as a considerable number of firearms. Smith thought Johnstone was an intruder when she shot him, Johnstone said. Kaipara Harbour with farm land of South Head in the foreground. It is a a rural area north-west of Auckland. 'I just shot my partner in the arm' Emergency services had been called to the property after reports of gunfire. Smith's six 111 calls in the early hours of 3 April 2019 were played to the jury on Thursday afternoon. She told the call taker she thought Taylor was an intruder and said: "I just shot my partner in the arm." During the call, Smith is clearly distressed, and screaming and crying and repeatedly asking what she should do. Taylor can be heard groaning in the background. Smith told the call taker Taylor was lying on the floor and that he was conscious and breathing. The call taker told Smith to apply pressure to the wound to control the breathing. At one point she can be heard telling Taylor, "I'm so sorry sweetie". The call taker asked Smith what she had shot Taylor with. She replied, "a 22". The call taker asked Smith whether there was somewhere a helicopter could land at the property. Smith hung up a number of times and each time the call taker called her back to get more details. Guns were 'loaded and ready' - Crown Johnstone said Smith had not long found out that she and Taylor were the likely targets of a "standover" and she feared the cannabis crop was going to be stolen. "As Ms Smith put it, they were loaded and ready," Johnstone said. On the night Taylor died, Johnstone said Smith had taken some methamphetamine. "Ms Smith was sleepless and alert to unwanted visitors, and she was also more ready to take action against them." In the early hours, Smith sensed there was an intruder on the property, so she went and got a loaded rifle, Johnstone said. Once she was holding it, she noticed a person near a set of french doors, but from where she was, she wasn't able to see what the person was doing, or who it was. "But even so, she decided to shoot the person," Johnstone said. "Tragically, hers was what might in other circumstances be described as an excellent shot." The man - Taylor - didn't die straight away and Smith heard him yell, "f... you've shot me", Johnstone said. "There was no intruder on to Mr Taylor's farm that night, there was no one there to steal their drugs" Johnstone said the Crown would argue Smith was guilty of murdering Taylor, even though it's clear Smith didn't know when she pulled the trigger, who it was she decided to shoot. There was no dispute in this case that Smith shot and killed Taylor - Johnstone said soon after it happened, Smith called 111. Smith's state of mind at the time she pulled the trigger, and whether she had murderous intent, would be a key issue for the jury when they came to decide their verdict, Johnstone said. "Amy Smith did not shoot an intruder, she shot Mr Taylor at his own property. She didn't see him well enough to know who he was, let alone what he was doing. "If she'd simply asked, 'why what are you doing?' Mr Taylor was perfectly able to let her know." In his opening address to the jury, defence lawyer Peter Kaye said there was no argument Smith shot Taylor by mistake. He said the jury would need to consider whether, when she picked up the gun, she was acting to defend herself and Taylor, or attacking. Among the other issues they would need to decide were whether the force she used was reasonable, what she was thinking at the time, and whether she intended to cause someone's death. The Crown expects to call about 20 witnesses. The trial, before Justice Peters and a jury of seven women and five men, is set down for two weeks. - RNZ
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America's Cup organisers have announced the challenger final will resume on Saturday, weather permitting.
America's Cup organisers have announced the challenger final will resume on Saturday, weather permitting. Photo: Studio Borlenghi The challenger of record (COR), Luna Rossa, wanted racing in the best-of-13 series to get back underway on Friday. But it appears the Italian syndicate have settled for a Saturday resumption. Two races are scheduled, with a further two scheduled for Sunday. Luna Rossa have won the first four races and are three more wins away from earning the right to challenge Team New Zealand for the America's Cup. It has been a year since race conditions for the Challenger Selection Series finals were signed off between all relevant parties - well before the full force of Covid-19 was felt by sports in New Zealand and around the world. Now teams are living and racing in different times. Event organisers wanted fans - Luna Rossa wanted to follow the rules - to the letter of the law. The organisers, America's Cup Events, said on Wednesday they would not be prepared to hold the racing until Auckland returned to alert level 1 - proposing a week's delay to the race schedule. On Thursday morning they back-pedalled and proposed racing in the best-of-13 series start again on Saturday. Luna Rossa - who are 4-0 up over Team UK - did not want to wait. The Italians had initially refused to budge and are adamant about sticking to the time period allocated to the finals series, which they said applied in all cases from not enough wind through to natural disasters and a pandemic. Challenger of Record representative Francesco Longanesi Cattani believed the way forward was clear. "The rules are there, you have accepted them, and the fairest thing you can do in sport is to play with the rules that are set and respect them." That position was labelled "inflexible" in statement from event organisers America's Cup Event (ACE), who said the challenger of record wanted to continue racing "against the interests of the public and commercial benefits to the city and businesses." ACE thought they had met the visitors demands halfway - but Luna Rossa disagreed. Longanesi Cattani reckoned they had given Team UK a helping hand by pushing for racing as soon as possible. "The fact that they comment that COR is just pushing for Luna Rossa, I disagree because the opportunity of racing gives INEOS more chances to win races and to win on the water the competition. "If we were delaying the racing the chances for INEOS to recover their current scoring would be minor." In a statement Team UK said they would be ready to race as requested over the weekend. "We believe this potential outcome would be a shame for the racing fans in Auckland when the city has done such a wonderful job of staging the regatta. "Given that it is a possibility that Auckland may move to Level 1 by Monday, we feel that delaying the restart until Monday would enable full spectator participation, even if this means racing continues past 24 February." Race director Iain Murray was in favour of racing under alert level 2 as long as all the on-water safety measures were in place. Team UK and Luna Rossa Photo: Studio Borlenghi He called off any potential racing on Thursday because he could not get the patrol team together - and he might be in that position again. "One of the requirements, from the beginning, has been to maintain a safe on-water operation and that relies heavily on more than 100 volunteers that have been trained to man the safety marshalling boats around the course," Murray said. "We had a meeting this morning to discuss that and obviously because these people are volunteers and some of them are in some restrictions there is a fair bit to work through there." Murray said restarting sailing on Saturday provided teams with five days and potentially seven races left. Under alert level 2 the America's Cup Village on Auckland's waterfront will be shut and public screenings of the racing will not go ahead. Race courses which offer the best viewing from land will not be used either, in an attempt to limit large gatherings of spectators at popular vantage points. The government has weighed in on the racing without fans - a move Sports Minister Grant Robertson hoped was temporary. "Obviously disappointing for people who wanted to go and watch the races, but I learned a long time ago that the politics of the America's Cup is very very complicated indeed," Robertson said. "There are plenty more races to come in the regatta and I'm sure New Zealanders will get to enjoy them." The current rules stated two races a day - any move to three races to get the schedule completed in a shorter timeframe would need to be agreed to by the Challenger of Record and the defender - Team New Zealand. Which means the disagreements could keep coming. The eventual winner of the Challengers Selection Series finals will be back to take on Team New Zealand in the America's Cup next month.