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Three new cases of coronavirus in a region outside Auckland could put the brakes on a much-anticipated easing of lockdown restrictions which New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern is due to announce today.

Health officials have confirmed that three household contacts of a remand prisoner with Covid-19 have tested positive for the virus. All three live in the Waikato region, south of Auckland’s border, and two are schoolchildren at Mangatangi school. One of those students was symptomatic at school on Thursday.

There are nine people in the household. Five others have tested negative and the ninth household member will be tested today.

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Victoria records 567 local Covid-19 cases and one death

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Women receive worse medical treatment than men for common heart attacks, new research has shown.

A study by Sydney researchers has found that women diagnosed with a common type of heart attack or the condition unstable angina received “less evidence-based treatment” than men, both immediately and in the long term.

The study analysed a registry of 7,783 patients from 43 Australian hospitals who had been diagnosed between 2009 and 2018 either with unstable angina or heart attacks known as non-ST elevation myocardial infarctions (non-STEMIs). Some 31% of these patients were female.

The lead researcher David Brieger, a physician and professor of cardiology at the University of Sydney, said the treatment for such conditions differed between men and women “every step of the way”.

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