Five wards at Middlemore Hospital are now dedicated to Covid-19 patients, RNZ reports, with one-third of hospital admissions clearly having Covid as their reason for admission. The deferral of other clinics had allowed staff to be deployed elsewhere in the hospital to keep people safe, ED clinical director Dr Vanessa Thornton said. “We are seeing more medically vulnerable people in the ED and often it is the underlying conditions that are having the greatest impact and causing the need for hospitalisation.”