Ministry of health update – now 67 confirmed cases

The daily update from Doctor Ashley Bloomfield from the Ministry of Health.

14 new cases, making a total of 67 cases, including 4 probable cases. Total tests to date over 6000.

Most new cases are in the North Island –  5 confirmed cases in Auckland, one in Northland, one in Canterbury, two in New Plymouth, two in Waikato including one in Hamilton, one in Tauranga, one in the Coromandel – but one in Dunedin. 11 are linked to travel.

Two cases from yesterday still can’t rule out community transfer as no link to recent travel have been identified.

The alert level remains at level 2.

People over 70 are being urged to stay at home, and to not have visitors.

A staff member at a rest home and respite care facility, Ellerslie Gardens, in Auckland has tested positive for COVID 19 but the Minisftry isn’t concerned as the appropriate steps have been taken.


Ministry of Health:

Some quick facts on COVID-19 testing in New Zealand:

  • Your GP or medical practitioner will decide whether you need a test.
  • At the moment, we are usually just testing people who fit the case definition, so if you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever and shortness of breath), you won’t be tested.
  • We have run thousands of tests so far and the vast majority have come back negative.
  • To date, labs in New Zealand have completed over 1,100 tests in a day, and capacity is rising.
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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  22nd March 2020

    US company bedside test approved – results in 45 mins without sending to lab:
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-21/fda-approves-first-bedside-covid-19-test-by-cepheid

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  2. Gezza

     /  22nd March 2020

    14 new cases, making a total of 67 cases, including 4 probable cases.

    No, that figure is 67 confirmed cases. Bloomfield said that we have “4 probable cases, as well“.

    His explanation of those additional 4 probables in the video clip is something like: “these are cases that were previously described, but which tested negative, and we are treating them as probable cases”. Whatever “previously decscibed” means…?

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120475339/coronavirus-ministry-of-health-to-provide-update-on-new-cases-in-new-zealand

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    • Gezza

       /  22nd March 2020

      Bizzarre. Now Stuff’s front page headline & top line content for the article above have changed from stating we have 67 confirmed cases in NZ to now stating we have 66 confirmed Covid-19 cases??

      Even though the embedded YouTube video still has Bloomfield clearly stating that the 14 new cases brings to number of confirmed cases in NZ to 67.WtF?

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      • Gezza

         /  22nd March 2020

        Jesus. Yesterday’s briefing Bloomfield said we now had 52 confirmed cases.

        Today he said we had 14 new cases that brought the total of confirmed cases today to 67.

        Please don’t tell me the guy in charge of NZ’s Covid-q19 response just added 52 + 14 & got 67.

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        • Gezza

           /  22nd March 2020

          And in another update to the article now comes:

          “The Ministry of Health has announced there are 14 new cases of coronavirus in New Zealand.

          There are now 66 confirmed cases in total – the ministry said its earlier figure of 67 was wrong.”

          Fark. What happens when we hit triple digits & the sums get too complicated for them?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  22nd March 2020

            This is why we have private businesses. The State is your man if you want someone shot, shaken down, counted or stopped from doing something.

            For anything more complicated you need private enterprise or talented individuals.

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            • Blazer

               /  22nd March 2020

              where do you get this misinformation from Al…?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  22nd March 2020

              A lifetime of intelligent observation, B, and having worked on both sides of the counter.

          • Conspiratoor

             /  22nd March 2020

            They are calling the 66 ‘current cases’ but you and I know this is bs. Have a look at the list and you’ll see they are all recent arrivals ie candidates for testing

            The 67th is all around us G

            https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-cases

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          • duperez

             /  22nd March 2020

            Don’t worry. Those likely to go mental or have heart attacks at the difference of one in the numbers will be thrilled if they feature as the individual discrepancy. 🙃

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          • Conspiratoor

             /  22nd March 2020

            That is a very cavalier attitude duperez. Aren’t you just a little concerned to know what happened to the 67th?

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            • duperez

               /  22nd March 2020

              No, not concerned. As long as those who’re on whichever list know their status and those treating patients know whom they have to tend I’m satisfied.

              Getting all emotional, upset or concerned because someone wasn’t clear with numbers in an announcement is silly. It’s a bit like getting into a tizz because someone on the list is described as being in Southland when someone else claims they’re in Otago or South Otago.

              Don’t sweat the small stuff.

            • Gezza

               /  22nd March 2020

              Getting all emotional, upset or concerned because someone wasn’t clear with numbers in an announcement is silly.

              If the MoH can’t add 52+14 & get the correct answer, how much trust should one have in the Covid-19 management system they’re supposedly running? If there’s an intelligible reason the original number was 67 (e.g they thought there were 15 new confirmations, but one test result changed) they ought to hav given it.

              It’s a bit like getting into a tizz because someone on the list is described as being in Southland when someone else claims they’re in Otago or South Otago.

              Er, no. It isn’t even remotely like that. If you want to try a comparison along those lines it would be more like saying someone newly on the list today is in Otago, and another new one on the list today is in South Otago, which means there is one new one in Otago. (1+1=1).

  3. Things moving further in Australia.

    South Australia closes borders

    South Australian authorities have announced a “major emergency” and tough new measures which will see the state close its borders to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    Premier Steven Marshall said the measures, which would be in place from 4pm on Tuesday, were being taken in the “interest of … public health”.

    The State Government will establish 12 border crossings where travellers will be required to sign a declaration about their health and ability to undertake mandatory self-isolation for two weeks.

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday that states and territories will consider draconian measures to enforce social distancing to combat the coronavirus.

    NSW Health figures show that as of 8pm on Saturday, there were 533 cases.
    This included 97 over the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

    “We can confirm a 38 additional cases of COVID-19 positive tests in Queensland bringing the total number so far in Queensland to 259. They continued to be concentrated in the south-east and continue to be concentrated on those returning from overseas.”

    Victoria has recorded 67 new cases of COVID-19
    The 67 new cases brings the state’s total number of confirmed cases to 296.

    It’s a matter of time before we do similar here.

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