Despite what the North's propaganda is describing as an all-out effort, the fear is palpable among citizens, according to defectors.
It comes a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and scrambled to slow infections in its unvaccinated population.
The One Nation leader is off the federal election campaign trail.
There are 411 people in hospital with the virus, including 12 in ICU.
In a pre-Budget chat with Grant Robertson, an isolating Prime Minister revealed how Covid had affected her.
Clapton, who has been vaccinated, has been a critic of lockdowns and the vaccine programme.
Officials now face a daunting task to clear the backlog, and said they have adapted to allow more hearings to go ahead as the pandemic grinds on.
He accused them of "immaturity" and "slackness" in their early handling of the Covid-19 outbreak.
32 more deaths have been reported on Wednesday, bringing the tally to 1017.
Only about 30% of that age group have had the initial two Pfizer doses since vaccinations opened to them in November.
The Disinformation Project tracked the growth of Covid-19 content and engagement.
It follows a 1News exclusive earlier this month that showed a number of nurses had been stood down, in some cases unpaid, as they awaited a medical exemption.
There are 421 people in hospital with the virus, including 10 in ICU.
Some of those left behind say they cannot return to normal.
The hospital said visitors would not be allowed into the medical, surgical and rehabilitation ward from 6pm on Monday.
Before acknowledging domestic cases, North Korea spent two years rejecting outside offers of vaccines.
There are 415 people in hospital with Covid-19.
The Government's estimate was possibly on the low side according to Te Pūnaha Matatini contagion modeller Dion O'Neale.
The Prime Minister tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.
"It’s really important for them to have that connection, and we’re missing that at the moment," one teacher said.