Sleeping on a mattress under a tarpaulin in the front yard of his overcrowded house is the only solution for one Covid-positive man to isolate at home.
Inside are children, kuia, and other whānau also in isolation, anxious for the health of the man outside, and afraid Delta will put down its roots indoors.
Nearby, more than a dozen other families are in isolation after household members tested positive for the virus, which is quickly infecting them as well.
To isolate at home the residence must pass a public health risk assessment: the Covid-positive person must be able to isolate safely away from others, they need phone and internet connection, transport, and have kai and other basic necessities, according to the Counties Manukau DHB guidelines.
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