Auckland hospitals have reached a tipping point, Newshub reveals, and have been told COVID-positive patients can now be sent home as long as they can leave hospital without spreading the virus to others. “The system is tipping into community management because of the high number of cases we’re now seeing with COVID,” says Royal NZ College of GPs medical director Dr Bryan Betty. Epidemiologist Rod Jackson says we need to be prepared for the outbreak to worsen and the changing policy at hospitals makes sense to ensure there’s hospital capacity for the most acute cases.