Daily Covid update – Sunday

Today’s update from Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield:

Increase of 89 cases, 48 confirmed, 41 probable  – total 1039

15 in hospital, 3 in intensive care, 2 of which are critical – so a deterioration here.

156 recovered

3,093 tests yesterday, total tests 36,209

12 significant clusters with a new cluster in Canterbury (unknown origin, 10 cases) and another in Auckland (unknown origin, 13 cases) but no details given.

As at 9am, 5 April 2020
Total to date New in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 872 48
Number of probable cases 167 41
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,039 89
Number of cases in hospital 15
Number of recovered cases 156 29
Number of deaths 1

View full details of the confirmed cases.

View details of significant COVID-19 clusters.

Signalling initiatives in the coming week on mental health and wellbeing, and a Maori response action plan.

The positivity rate with expanded testing has remained fairly stable which is a good sign.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern:

She doesn’t want to draw too many conclusions but the growth in cases has been steady rather than exponential.

She talks about modeling and possible outcomes including possible 4,000 cases by this weekend – we are only a quarter that, probably in part due to the lockdown.

Our case rate and death rate are comparably much better than many other countries, helped by our distance and delayed transmission here.

Our sacrifices are making a difference, but Ardern tells us to stay focused, but their are still concerns about people (a minority) who flout the rules. She refers to some as idiots.

What sort of public health response is best for the economy? Fight the virus. History (eg 1918 Spanish flu) shows that actively and strongly fighting a virus leads to better economic outcome sin the longer term.

Media question: Would you call David Clark an idiot? “I have expressed to him I am very disappointed with him” and “he needs to be a role model”. She expects him to continue to do his job, but when asked about not being available for interviews this weekend she diverts. “Would you expect the key minister to be available for questions?” Yes, but diverts from Clark’s availability.

She said others had fronted, he was at home at lockdown and he would continue to be available for interviews – except that he hasn’t been available.

No plan for a Level 5, “this is as tight as it gets’.

As long as we stick to the rules we should be able to maintain access to the outdoors (on a limited basis).

The alert levels may be reduced in some regions before others, depending on how many cases are in each region – we need to watch the signs (regional and national case trends) that may allow a reduction in restrictions to Level 3 (which isn’t a huge reduction)

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  1. lurcher1948

     /  5th April 2020

    WOW compare NZ to Australia and Sweden, and god forbid [dleted] USA….THANK YOU PM Jacinda Ardern,one death(to many) thank you for REAL leadership even when the feral right demonise you….an example,you dressed up as himmler
    In the Philippines hollysheet the blog owner would have been dragged out and executed in public on the TV1 evening news,now thats an idea

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  5th April 2020

      You do realise that she ignored the advice to test at the borders, preferring to risk wrecking the economy and make unemployment soar with a lockdown and that she has told you as an over 70 that you MUST stay at home for the duration?

      I have heard of two suicides because of the lockdown. It’s hard to believe that they are the only ones. Even if they were, they outnumber the virus deaths 2-1, and the death was of someone who was well known to the hospital.

      People’s essential surgery is on hold while hospitals remain half empty waiting for patients who seem unlikely to need them.

      The PM is asking too much of everyone else.

      • Duker

         /  5th April 2020

        Every week has around 12 suicides anyway…you are just saying your usual doom and gloom nonsense…typically every sunny day has a dark lining to you

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  5th April 2020

          You are the one who goes on and on about the flu death rate and how covid numbers are well down on that and every other disease. Don’t be so disagreeable.

          The fact that there are a number of suicides anyway doesn’t make it all right when there are more.

          You are hardly Mr Sweetness and Light. But when someone says things that are more or less what you say, there’s a good chance that you will turn on them and disagree for the sake of disagreeing and being disagreeable.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  5th April 2020

            Do you think that unemployment won’t soar, that hospitals are not half empty, that over 70s haven’t been ordered to stay inside, that operations haven’t been put off, even essential ones and that it wouldn’t have been a good idea to have tests at the border ?

  2. David

     /  5th April 2020

    It shows a lot of recent arrivals testing positive, makes one question if the lock down was the right move. We could isolate the clusters, quarantine new arrivals and we could all be at work mid week.

  3. Pink David

     /  5th April 2020

    “History (eg 1918 Spanish flu) shows that actively and strongly fighting a virus leads to better economic outcome sin the longer term.”

    Where’s your reference for this, and what do you mean by ‘actively and strongly fighting a virus’?

  4. oldlaker

     /  5th April 2020

    Ardern’s assertion that Clark is available for an interview when she knows he isn’t is a straight-out lie. If Key had said that he would have been called out as a liar.
    Very few people want to use that term with Ardern even though it is clear that many things she tells us (availability of PPE gear, extent of testing, “closed borders” etc) are simply not true.
    And no, I’m not a rabid National supporter. I voted for her.

  5. Duker

     /  5th April 2020

    Interesting story in Guardian about those fixate on a daily death number ( could equally apply to cases)
    Every day we get one big figure for deaths occurring in the UK. Everyone jumps on this number, taking it to be the latest toll. However NHS England figures – which currently make up the bulk of UK deaths – in fact reflect the day on which the death was reported, not the actual date of death, which is usually days, sometimes weeks, before it appears in the figures.


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