Daily health update – +61, total 708

Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay today.

47 new confirmed, 14 new probable (+61) – total now 708

The increase is similar to yesterday (58) so even with more testing the case numbers are not growing faster.

2 of 14 in hospital are in intensive care, condition stable

Still just 1 death

82 recovered

Summary

As at 9.00 am, 1 April 2020
Total to date New in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 647 47
Number of probable cases 61 14
Number of confirmed and probable cases 708 61
Number of cases in hospital
Number of recovered cases 82 8
Number of deaths 1

New case definition for diagnosis and testing will be issued today, still relying on clinical judgment

Anyone with respiratory symptoms regardless of travel history

Capacity 3,700 tests per day, but will increase from 8 to 10 labs by the beginning of next week.

 

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24 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  1st April 2020

    Any testing stats to show ramp up or otherwise?

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    • Griff.

       /  1st April 2020

      Capacity 3,700
      last time I looked a few days ago it was 1800 a day.
      Still need to ramp it up.
      Should be like Iceland any one who wants a test gets one no questions asked . My nephew has symptoms similar to Covid and has had them for a week could be a cold but they refused to test him so we do not know for sure.
      He was working as a security guard at Ronald McDonald house a few weeks ago so could have been exposed to anything . .

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  1st April 2020

        I meant actual tests performed. Yes, as I said at the beginning I’ll believe Jacinda’s claim that anyone who needs a test can get one when she says anyone who wants a test can get one. We’ve been waiting a while for that.

        Best wishes for your nephew and family. Not fair on them.

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        • Griff.

           /  1st April 2020

          Thank you Alan
          You be careful out there At your age even if you have no chronic conditions the risks are too high to contemplate .

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  1st April 2020

            I hope it is just a cold, and the odds are that it is.

            I can see why the tests can’t be done for just anyone. Your nephew shouldn’t miss out because some hypochondriac hogs a test.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  1st April 2020

              PDT, do you really think that someone with symptoms should not take precedence ? Why ? Do you also hope that Griff’s nephew DOESN”T just have a cold ? Again, why ?

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  1st April 2020

            I was surprised today when I visited our little pharmacy. Town is dead quiet but apparently is packed with out of towners who have come here to self isolate. The pharmacy said the doctors are flat out busy and they are filling 700 prescriptions a day compared with 400 per day during the normal Xmas New Year crazy time. I suppose I should have guessed since our own places are full too. We had a flood of cancellations as the lockdown was announced and then bookings came in to sit it out.

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            • Gezza

               /  1st April 2020

              Town is pretty quiet here today too, traffic-wise. Several people out doing their daily walks or jogging, either alone or with partners I imagine from their “bubble” & furry friends.

              Drove from the Medical Centre after my 9 am flu jab to the nearby Supermarket. Queued for 30 minutes. The queue was shorter than my Saturday shopping excursion, but they were only letting two in at a time today. There were fewer staff on the checkouts.

              Thought I might as well stock up for the long weekend now. Got everything I wanted – except mouthwash? Nonevleft atcall on the shelf. They even had 12 bags of sugar that I forgot to get last time (got Pam’s it was cheapest on special than Chelsea).

              Plenty of bread, veges, frozen veges, frozen meals, fresh milk, bacon (cheaper cuts all gone, tho), eggs, loo paper, tissues,, paper towels, fresh fish. They even had four cans of Watties Spag & Sausages this time – I left two there for some other desperate connoisseur.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  1st April 2020

              There was no queue to speak of at P & S, except for being delayed to have the trolley sprayed and wash our grubby mitts.

              I didn’t look at fish and meat, but noticed a pallet of large bags of flour and sugar. No muffins in the bakery section for some reason. They had 1kg cheeses; Countdown sent me small blocks instead.

              That was very decent of you to leave two tins of S & S. I rediscovered the comfort food of tinned spaghetti last year when P & S fiendishly hooked those of us who hadn’t eaten if for many years by offering Watties at 50c a tin. Oak is second best; Watties is the winner but I don’t want to pay the usual price for it. Tinned spag with a slice of cheese melted on top !!!

        • Duker

           /  1st April 2020

          “one when she says anyone who wants a test can get one”
          Where is that happening elsewhere ?

          NSW is saying that …. you have to have some symptons are are connected to those who are positive
          https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus-update.aspx

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  1st April 2020

            I think you can get one and pay for it in the US.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  1st April 2020

              Not much use to people outside the US….

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  1st April 2020

        Iceland’s population is less than 400,000.

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  2. Corky

     /  1st April 2020

    Dr Caroline McElnay is OK. I have clashed with her a few times over vaccinations. While she has zero tolerance for my views, she at least allows dissenters a chance to express a view, and she doesn’t get nasty as other health officials have a tendency to.

    I wish her all the best. I’m sure she will do her best.

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  3. Duker

     /  1st April 2020

    Plutarch wrote” that Pyrrhus said after the second battle of the war, “If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined”

    Someone should whisper that in the ear of those now aiming for eradication.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  1st April 2020

      Stating the blindingly bleedin’ obvious as usual.

      She really ought to learn the art of not seeming to read from notes. It’s not at all hard to do, as teachers know. One glances down, memorises a phrase and says it looking at the audience.

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      • Gezza

         /  1st April 2020

        Actually Kitty, imo, that is sumpthink that she does extremely well. She beats Trump & even Boris at reading off a script.

        Although I will admit that her overuse of the phrase “That is why we are going hard & going early” at the outset of this panicky adventure nearly saw my telly screen smashed by a biffed shoe.

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      • duperez

         /  1st April 2020

        I’ve watched a number of the Trump virus press conference performances as they’ve happened. He’s okay when he reads from the prepared script. ‘Okay’ meaning he has poor literacy skills when it comes to written material. Most of the stuff written down comes out though albeit in lumbering, stop start fashion.

        He is far more comfortable in no-notes mode. He makes things up, fills in the gaps and his mouth goes for it with a fluency he can’t manage with reading. The exaggerations and superlatives flow there. At least once today he covered stuff in free-flight which was presented in an organised form later in the written speech. He did not have the clarity or the adeptness to recognise that and so staccato repetition of the same points came out.

        There is no comparison between Ardern and Trump in such situations.

        Complaints moving from her being a ‘part-time PM’ who’s always overseas and spends any time she is in the country doing photo ops with little kids, is totally out of her depth and should still be working packing fish’n’chips to ‘really ought to learn the art of not seeming to read from notes,’ is probably a triumph. Somehow though I think that’ll just be another failing to add to the others.

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