Daily update – 83 new cases, total 451

From today’s Ministry of Health update:

83 new cases of Covid-19 (78 confirmed, 5 probable), total now 451

Summary

As at 9.00 am, 28 March 2020
Total to date New in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 416 78
Number of probable cases 35 5
Number of confirmed and probable cases 451 13
Number of cases in hospital 12 (22 total to date)
Number of recovered cases 50 13

View full details of the confirmed cases.

View details of significant COVID-19 clusters.

Health officials expect to see an increase in covid-19 cases in the coming days, despite today’s number of cases being lower than yesterday’s.

50 individuals have recovered

12 people are in hospital:

  • 3 in Wellington Regional Hospital
  • 2 in Nelson Hospital
  • 2 in Whangarei Hospital
  • 1 each in Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Dunedin and Greymouth hospitals.

Average daily test number over a 7 day period is 1613

8 Air NZ staff are infected with Covid-19. Al worked on long haul from London or New York.

Government Controller John Ombler:

No one needs to worry about supermarkets running out of food, choose one person to do the shopping and respect the need for physical distancing

Can only leave house for physical exercise or essential reasons – stick to your bubble

Avoid undertaking activities that are a distance from home

Don’t travel out of your neighbourhood and go to baches or second homes – stay in one place

Police report most people are following the new rules, isolated incidents of people congregating – in these cases people were spoken to

If people believe others are not complying with new restrictions first port of call is to discuss it with them, otherwise you might like to call police on 105

Maritime New Zealand says the strong message during the lockdown, is that all recreational boating and other non-essential on-water activity must stop.

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28 Comments

  1. David

     /  28th March 2020

    Close the border. Stop all flights. You had enough warning to get home, weeks and weeks and weeks.

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    • Duker

       /  28th March 2020

      yes the US have better data on flu as they test for it in hospitals, another 1000 died from this for this week in US . Its now officially an epidemic
      “7.4% of the deaths occurring during the week ending March 7, 2020 (week 11) were due to P&I. This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 7.3% for week 11.- CDC

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      • Pink David

         /  28th March 2020

        Flatten the curve! We should be going into total lockdown every year.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  28th March 2020

          Why bother to come out at all ? That would eliminate road deaths, all viruses, work accidents, drownings…..

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  28th March 2020

      Shush, green David; we don’t want commonsense breaking out.

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  2. Gezza

     /  28th March 2020

    Just got home from my first post-lockdown grocery shop at the local New World in Tawa as my home food stocks are low. In a raincoat & wooly hat. It’s a shitty, wet day with a cold, Southerly wind blowing. First time I’ve had to queue there.

    The woman behind me left her dog in the car, some kind of large terrier, he was singing to us, she said. She said she’d come out earlier in the morning but the queue was much longer, right around the side of the building and back out onto the Main Road, so she’d returned about 2pm, when our queue was much shorter.

    They were letting us in four shoppers at a time. A young couple together were counted as one. Had to wait about half an hour to get inside, but even spaced out 2m apart most of us were able to chat amicably about the situation while we waited. People in the queue were all good-humoured & patient, but cold! A few of them said they’d come to shop today hoping that because the weather was so awful the queues would be shorter.

    The only thing on my list the supermarket didn’t have was cans of Watties Spaghetti & Sausages. Had to get plain old spaghetti in tomato sauce. Otherwise the Supermarket seemed well stocked with meat, fresh vegies. But I didn’t visit all the aisles. Sugar & flour were sold out last Tuesday. I forgot to look. I need sugar.

    All the long frozen food freezer compartments were well-stocked & chiller cabinets with the full usual range of chilled & frozen goods, from what I could see.

    There were fewer staff than normal on the counters, but others were engaged in spraying disinfectant & wiping down those of the counters that were in use, & spraying & wiping down all the trolleys & their handles as people brought them back, then moving them them into place for incoming shoppers.

    I was going to use the self-service checkout but a checkout operator was free so I accepted her invitation to use her checkout. The staff were all wearing latex gloves. Very few people in the queue or shopping were wearing surgical masks. None of the staff were.

    The local dairies were open. I got some spag & saus at one of them, following the one in, one out rule. The Indian lady at the counter said business was very slow because the surrounding shops & eateries in the village were all shut, so there were fewer people popping in for small items, fags or treats, like on a normal day.

    There was very little traffic on the road or in the streets.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  28th March 2020

      I have only been in one queue, and everyone was goodnatured. The only complaints were facetious ones.

      Someone who’s been in three times for flour is getting very annoyed. I don’t use sugar so didn’t look, but it was really annoying to discover empty shelves that made my visit a waste of time.

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  3. Duker

     /  28th March 2020

    “A man in his 70s with coronavirus in Nelson Hospital remains in a critical condition as New Zealand’s total number of confirmed cases nears 500…
    He had underlying health conditions and had been in hospital for a number of days before his condition worsened.
    The man is the first person with the virus in New Zealand to need intensive care support.” Stuff

    Same as a flu ‘epidemic’ . The elderly , and those with existing health conditions will always be worst affected, even falling off the steps at the back porch.

    Wait for the news media to go into meltdown when its the ‘first millennial’ in ICU

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  4. david in aus

     /  28th March 2020

    I was in Melbourne today, shops are still open but with social distancing evident in shops. I went to a suburban strip mall, 1/3 of people were wearing face masks. All shop owners were wearing face masks.

    Australia has similar rates of infection compared to NZ but the government has a different approach. NZ has a simple message: stay home, but I prefer the Australian approach.

    We will see in hindsight which approach was a better balance of risk and benefits to society.

    Remember, we can have zero road deaths by banning automobiles and roads. But is it the right decision?

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    • Duker

       /  28th March 2020

      NZs confirmed 416 compared to Australias confirmed 3378
      https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

      so we are at 8% of Australia confirmed cases yet our population is 19% of Australias 26 mill

      Remember confirmed cases are really people who were infected say a week ago ,( before restrictions came into effect) and Australia ramped up testing and more freely than NZ
      I dont have number of tests done , which may show this

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  28th March 2020

      ‘Confirmed’ is an outcome of testing. Given the variability in who and how many are being tested, a more reliable indicator surely must be the death rate. Only 10 in Australia without suffocating the economy.

      Yes, when the dust is settled on this we will know who made the right call

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      • Of the 3,378 confirmed cases in Australia, 13 have died from COVID-19. More than 196,000 tests have been conducted across Australia.

        https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

        And with a lot more confirmed cases presumably there’s a lot more chance of more deaths in Australia.

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  28th March 2020

          How many unconfirmed cases are unconfirmed simply because they haven’t been tested and confirmed? In my view the only reliable statistic is the death rate caused by C19, and even that is open to interpretation

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  28th March 2020

            Yes, there is a heap of missing data, a heap of unqualified data and a bunch of heroic pronouncements from modelers based on this shifting sand.

            Chinese statistics are vulnerable to government manipulation. Other more trustworthy countries show wide variations not yet explicable and mostly less advanced.

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      • Pink David

         /  28th March 2020

        Japan currently has very little restriction, and very few issues. NZ’ers have surrendered their civil liberties and freedoms on a scale never seen before, there better be a commission of inquiry into this regardless of the outcome.

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        • Duker

           /  28th March 2020

          Yes Japan has only done 25,000 tests…Australia has done 196’000
          Guess which country is pretty much proceeding as normal?
          Well normal for Japan is bowing instead of hand shaking , more hand washing and common use of face masks

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  28th March 2020

      David in Aus; ours isn’t a message, it’s an order.

      The social cost as well as the economic one will be appalling, but that doesn’t change anything. The PM has to be seen to be doing something. She’s telling the 4,999,500 of us who don’t have it to act as if we had. repeating it like a mantra. The scaremongering is as rife as it is irresponsible.

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    • Blazer

       /  28th March 2020

      Queensland has a half arsed lockdown as well.
      Will certainly be interesting to see the comparable results to..NZ.

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  28th March 2020

    Iceland finds that half of those infected have no symptoms.
    https://futurism.com/neoscope/half-coronavirus-carriers-no-symptoms

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  28th March 2020

      That is how untested medical staff spread infections to sick people.

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    • Duker

       /  28th March 2020

      About the same ratio on Diamond Princess cruise ship
      Curious as to wether they have pre existing anti bodies or they avoided the contact or didn’t touch face etc

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