Wednesday MOH update

From today’s Ministry of Health Covid-19 media conference.

50 new confirmed (47) and probable (3) cases

Current total 205.

22 people have recovered.
6 people are in hospital, non in intensive care.

1421 tests processed yesterday, total tested 9780.

The numbers are expected to increase before they turn around due to the lockdown (providing that works successfully).

Civil Defence says in a state of emergency authorities will have powers that are not normally available to them, ie: potential military patrols

 

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  1. Zedd

     /  25th March 2020

    the lockdown will only work, if more of the idiots go home & spend less time ‘storming the supermarkets’

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  25th March 2020

      Why? Chances of infection in supermarkets seem pretty low anyway and presumably those frontloading are not going to return for some time.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  25th March 2020

        There are limits in the supermarkets, Zedd. It’s a no win; people can’t buy enough to allow them to go less often, as they can only buy two of each item. People need to eat, even the government has worked that out. Thanks to the limits that were imposed after I put my online order in, I will have to go to a supermarket some time.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  25th March 2020

      Countdown has no delivery slots available for the next week so it’s looking like tonight’s will be my last online order for the foreseeable future.

      So I’ll be joining the crowds storming the supermarkets.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  25th March 2020

        So you’re selfishly unprepared to starve in order to be kind ? Tut, tut, where’s your sense of civic duty?

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  25th March 2020

          I’ve quarantined it, Kitty. Too many undeserving civic leaders. I prefer looking after deserving folks around me. I thanked the Countdown guys doing the delivery, commiserated with their masks and they said it had all just gone mad as they rushed off.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  25th March 2020

    Acceleration looks v small.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  25th March 2020

      Not as small as the death rate, which was predicted to be tens of thousands.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  26th March 2020

        One scaremongering prediction would seem to rely on every person in NZ catching it to make that number die. How irresponsible can people be ?

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  3. Seems to be very easy to catch the virus when travelling.

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  25th March 2020

    Bloomfield said eight people who flew in to Auckland Airport yesterday had tested positive, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she was looking at quarantining people arriving into the country.

    Incompetent that both testing and quarantining wasn’t implemented long ago.

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    • Yes, it was obvious the virus was being brought into the country by travellers, so they should have been very thoroughly screened at least, if not tested, but they may have wanted more criteria to warrant testing, or may simply have not had enough resources.

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      • Duker

         /  25th March 2020

        They got pamphlets!, even some travellers said there was more screening in airports they came from and NZ was non existent if the plane arrived very late.
        The government department airport managers and their superiors should be grilled by the new parliament committee to find out who did what and when …. and move up the chain of command in a forensic way.

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        • David

           /  25th March 2020

          I cant believe they arent quarantining all arrivals, the whole country is inconvenienced instead.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  25th March 2020

            Indeed, and worse than inconvenienced for six hospital admissions. If the PM forces a three month lockdown, the country will be finished.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  25th March 2020

              PDTs, the entire country is under house arrest for a virus affecting fewer than 1 in 250,000 of us.

  5. Duker

     /  25th March 2020

    Good story in Sydney Morning Herald from a real expert- you can tell how much more ‘measured they are’, -greater intrinsic knowledge and have good insights
    “Peter Doherty won the Nobel prize in medicine for his work on the immune system. “I’m a disease and death guy,” is how he explains it to the lay person.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nobel-prize-winner-says-virus-curve-will-flatten-in-couple-of-weeks-20200324-p54dib.html

    Talks about vaccines being developed and has a good point about an anti-body quick test is required so those who have been infected, have no or very mild symptoms and have recovered.
    They can go back to work and do other things without risk of getting the virus or infecting others

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  6. duperez

     /  25th March 2020

    James Shaw in Parliament started with quoting someone (paraphrased), “Everything we do before an epidemic is seen to be panic and everything done after it’s struck is seen to be too late.”

    Airport testing? On that there have been examples of that quote. Of course the virus was brought into the country, most likely through an airport. So what do you do? And when?

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/why-airport-screening-wont-stop-spread-coronavirus

    https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/15/21180331/coronavirus-screening-airports-dfw-ohare

    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/01/23/798919318/can-airport-screening-help-stop-the-spread-of-wuhan-coronavirus

    https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/news/2020/03/18/how-testing-for-covid-19-works.html

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  25th March 2020

      Checking temperatures is a waste of time. Requiring a clear virus test before boarding, taking another on arrival with enforced quarantine is not. Seems eminently both doable and essential to escape this lockdown in a reasonable timeframe.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  25th March 2020

        You know that, I know that, but that would be far too undramatic for this government.

        I would make a bet that the only deaths will be stress-related because of the lockdown.

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        • Blazer

           /  25th March 2020

          how much do you want to bet?

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  25th March 2020

            $50.

            If there should be any Covid deaths, they are likely to be in very small numbers.
            We don’t have 206 people per sq.km as Italy does, we have 18. It’s a specious comparison, especially given their average age and ours.

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            • Blazer

               /  25th March 2020

              so you don’t want to bet now…back pedalling.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  25th March 2020

        They are still only testing intermational arrivals who have symptoms. Inexcusable.

        Meanwhile they have idiot cops out on the streets asking people where they are going. The ignorant stupidity of central planners.

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  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  25th March 2020

    Herald headline: “Jacinda Ardern says ‘Don’t be afraid’ of police, military on streets”

    Shades of Goebbels already. Be very afraid.

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    • Duker

       /  25th March 2020

      We have far less police per head than every Australian state…NZ police are known for being ‘invisible’ compared to US cities , except when theres a left wing demonstration here they seem to be able to muster 100s

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    • Blazer

       /  25th March 2020

      don’t worry…Trump says it will all have been taken care of come…Easter!!!

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  25th March 2020

        Not quite. I think he is saying the costs of containment will outweigh those of the virus after Easter.

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        • What do you think he is basing that prediction on? That Easter is a beautiful time? That’s the only reason he seems to have given.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  25th March 2020

            I’m sure that isn’t the only advice and data he’s been given.

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  8. The New Zealand Film Commission…

    … has confirmed its chief executive Annabelle Sheehan has tested positive for Covid-19.

    It says Ms Sheehan worked in the commission’s Wellington office for three days while she was asymptomatic but infectious.

    I thought they had said if people were asymptomatic they were not contagious,

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  25th March 2020

      That was one of their first and worst mistakes.

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      • Blazer

         /  25th March 2020

        ‘they’ and ‘their’ being who..exactly?

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  25th March 2020

          It was PG’s quote but my recollection was it was the received medical wisdom used by authorities to limit testing, tracing and confinement.

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          • Gezza

             /  25th March 2020

            Yes, it was. Both Bloomfield & Ardern kept saying the criteria for testing were close contact with someone who had been overseas & had symptoms and had tested positive, that others did not need be tested – unless a clinician determined that they should be.

            The criteria seemed to assert that unless someone had symptoms they weren’t infectious.

            It’s been argued by medicos for some weeks around the world that asymptomatic people can be infectious.

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