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Covid-19: Cancer diagnoses dipped during August level 4 lockdown [Video]


Nichola Oakenfull's blood cancer diagnosis means she joins the ranks of vulnerable New Zealanders who can only be protected by a well vaccinated population.

There were 193 fewer cancer registrations in the month of August – half of which the country spent in level 4 Covid-19 lockdown – compared with previous years, new data shows.

A report released by Te Aho o Te Kahu (the Cancer Control Agency) on Wednesday looked at the disruption to cancer services caused by Covid-19 to the end of August, after New Zealand went into lockdown at 11.59pm on August 17.

It found that cancer treatment services were largely maintained during the August lockdown, but that there was a disruption to diagnostic services – contributing to a 9 per cent reduction compared to August 2018/19.


There were nearly 200 fewer cancer diagnoses in August 2021 than in previous years, linked to the Covid-19 lockdown. However, a similar issue was seen last year and …

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