Almost one third of women who gave birth at Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital in the past week had Covid-19, Stuff reports. Counties Manukau is the hardest hit of the Auckland district health boards, and a DHB spokeswoman said the increase in the number of Covid-positive women giving birth at Middlemore Hospital was in line with increasing cases in the community. She said the DHB was experienced in managing Covid-19 cases, had “thorough plans” in place, and women should feel “safe and confident coming into our facilities”.