Daily Covid update – 5 more cases, 1 more death

The first media conference for Anzac weekend, with Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield updating the usual statistics:

5 new cases (1 confirmed and 4 probable) – total now 1,469

Note – 27 April: There are five new cases today, one confirmed and four probable cases. Six cases that were probable yesterday have been reclassified as under investigation or not a case following discussion with MOH. This results in a net decrease in total cases by one.

1 more death, a women in her 90s from St Margaret’s rest home who had been a confirmed case. She’s the third from the cluster to have died.

38 more people have recovered.

7 in hospital, 1 in ICU (unchanged)

A new health order comes into effect at 11:59 tonight (as we move to Level 3 lockdown).

Health Act (COVID-19 Alert Level 3) Order 2020

As at 9.00 am, 27 April 2020
Total Change in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,122 1
Number of probable cases 347 -2
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,469 -1
Number of cases currently in hospital 7 0
Number of recovered cases 1,180 38
Number of deaths (as at 1 pm 27 April) 19 1

 

Southern was the area with most cases for some time, but has now been passed by Waitemata.  There have been no new cases in the Southern area for nine days.


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talks about the move to Level 3 and a bunch of general information and numbers. If this is posted I’ll repeat it here.

It is not and cannot be a return to pre-Covid life.

“We will never know what will have happened if we hadn’t gone into Level 4 lockdown…”

She asks for everyone’s help in helping with contract tracing – record where you’ve been and who you have been with.

Cabinet will consider in two weeks time whether to adjust levels again or not.

“We can only do this if we all pull together”.

“We cannot lose the gains we have made so if we have to remain at Level 3 for longer we will”.

Limited Parliament will start up again tomorrow.

This will be the last regular joint media conference with Ardern and Bloomfield so Ardern thanks Dr Bloomfield (but says they could be back together at irregular media conferences.

 

More to come, maybe.

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60 Comments

  1. Duker

     /  27th April 2020

    “A new health act comes into effect at 11:59 tonight”

    What new health Act ? We will still be State of emergency and the Epidemic provisions of the Health Act
    I see the gazette has a new NOTICE for level 3 under the Health Act
    “Health Act (COVID-19 Alert Level 3) Order 2020”
    https://gazette.govt.nz/notice/id/2020-dl1774

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  2. Duker

     /  27th April 2020

    AS a comment raised about why were still getting new cases from existing cluster, there was a suggestion from Deputy DG in charge of tracing that ‘some people are lying about their contacts’
    Then there was this a few days ago
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2020/04/coronavirus-air-new-zealand-reveals-30-staff-members-infected-with-covid-19.html
    They should have their own Air NZ cluster name – as 30 is a huge number of ‘patient zeros’ who can lead very social lives.

    We know the Bluff wedding reception before the full lockdown had patient zero as an Air NZ cabin crew who had just arrived back in the country.

    Is there a connecting factor about those ‘people not telling the truth about their contacts’ ?

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    • Pink David

       /  27th April 2020

      Maybe it’s simply that contact tracing a respiratory illness is impossible.

      NZ has completely failed to eliminate M Bovis using these exact tools, why does anyone expect them to succeed on a much, much more difficult problem?

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      • Duker

         /  27th April 2020

        You cant trace everyone …and yes some Asian countries it has worked well…when you have low levels of infection its worthwhile …especially when its an quite a long ‘incubation time’ for a respiratory illness. Sars was supposed to be quickly noticeable you were infected , in most cases.

        M Bovis had the herd registration system set up when Anderton was Agriculture minister around 2007
        Nine years of neglect by national being walked over by farmers meant it was still a semi voluntary scheme/observed in the breach when it was needed nearly 10 years late.

        Farmers didnt like the cash deals on selling stock to be noticed by the government, or even farm managers letting absentee owners know whats being sold on the quiet. The rest couldnt be bothered as a life spent on the farm has given them dysthymia

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        • Pink David

           /  27th April 2020

          My question is why do you expect this to be any more successful that M Bovis?

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          • Duker

             /  27th April 2020

            Why is CV tracing being used in many places…your other question is that cows can’t talk back about where they have been

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            • Duker

               /  27th April 2020

              Another point , any salesman knows identifying sales leads is the key to making sales It’s one of the major principles. …Let me guess the main reason it’s used is it’s a SUCCESS

            • Taiwan didn’t go into lockdown and has a mere 6 deaths. So, yes, contact tracing can work…if it’s done properly.

  3. Pink David

     /  27th April 2020

    “We will never know what will have happened if we hadn’t gone into Level 4 lockdown…”

    We do actually. That’s going to be interesting for her.

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    • If she thinks that everyone’s going to record everyone they’ve been in contact with, she’s in for a disappointment.

      I think that if she doesn’t go down a level in two weeks, she may be surprised at the reaction. If we wait until there are no cases at all, we will be in lockdown for months.

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      • Duker

         /  27th April 2020

        Well you can’t remember what you wrote this morning ….
        What’s this ‘she thinks’….it’s what the experts have advised for decades, even for small minor diseases.
        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contact_tracing
        It’s useful because it works and the numbers they have talked about here are something around 85%… For this disease it’s close contacts people you pass at the supermarket don’t matter…large crowds….well we don’t have these for exactly these reasons.

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        • We can’t survive as a country if we stay in lockdown indefinitely; be realistic.

          We can survive without sports matches, we can’t survive without people working, and businesses can’t survive without customers. Nor will we be able to borrow money indefinitely.

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    • Blazer

       /  28th April 2020

      Have you spoken to PC lately?
      At least you know why he didn’t answer when you rang him in Adelaide…he forgot to tell you he had moved to…Melbourne! Bol.

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  27th April 2020

    We know what would have happened if we had stopped 600 infected people flying into our airports. The cost of not doing that has been at least $65B. We could have quarantined them all in luxury accommodation for a minute fraction of that. Enough of the b.s.

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    • It surely can’t be $108,000,000+ EACH can it ? Have I put too many 0s on ?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  27th April 2020

        $65B was Westpac’s estimate of the cost to the govt if lockdown was not extended. Ardern’s claim was they couldn’t quarantine incoming passengers because there were too many – 20,000 per day. Ignoring the question of why anyone had a right to get on a plane infected and endanger everyone else the cost of quarantining those people would have been a fraction of the cost of the lockdown resulting from not doing it.

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        • Fight4nz

           /  27th April 2020

          Ah, so you assert the 600 travelled infected and did not self isolate knowingly.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  27th April 2020

            Enough did to now give us 1500 infections. I could prob get how many actually infected someone else from the model but does it matter?

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        • Gezza

           /  27th April 2020

          Email Simon those numbers if you want him (shudder, shudder) as yaw next PM. He might be able to use them.

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        • Pink David

           /  27th April 2020

          “$65B was Westpac’s estimate of the cost to the govt if lockdown was not extended.”

          It will exceed $200bn.

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          • Fight4nz

             /  27th April 2020

            Is that the cost to the economy of the lockdown alone?
            This doesn’t include losses incurred regardless eg no tourists?
            Given that we are unlikely to even be half way through this, until the rate of recovery is known are these figures meaningless?

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            • Pink David

               /  27th April 2020

              “Given that we are unlikely to even be half way through this, until the rate of recovery is known are these figures meaningless?”

              You are not even at the end of the beginning.

          • Blazer

             /  27th April 2020

            it will exceed 2billion… as if you have a…clue!

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        • Duker

           /  27th April 2020

          Name a country that did what you suggested?
          Why don’t Trump close his borders earlier…he accidentally said closed to everyone coming from Europe but then backtracked and said US citizens weren’t counted

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          • Pink David

             /  27th April 2020

            “Why don’t Trump close his borders earlier”

            Perhaps because everyone was screaming at him that it was racist.

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    • Fight4nz

       /  27th April 2020

      Except those 600 were part of 10’s of thousands that arrived, that would also have to have been isolated. Even a simple mind can see that was impossible.

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      • Not really; they could have been ‘self-isolated’. As the entire country has been to all intents and purposes for five weeks so far and who knows how many more.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  27th April 2020

        Suppose there were 200,000 that had to be quarantined at $2000 each per week for two weeks, cost < $1B.

        It's a no brainer except to a Lefty.

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        • Fight4nz

           /  27th April 2020

          Where do you put 200,000 people into quarantine? Or even 50,000 if you allow for spread of arrival time?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  28th April 2020

            When you have a $1B budget you solve that problem even if you have to use the Army and Navy. Where were they going anyway? We have a lot of empty hotels.

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    • Pink David

       /  27th April 2020

      ‘We know what would have happened if we had stopped 600 infected people flying into our airports. The cost of not doing that has been at least $65B. We could have quarantined them all in luxury accommodation for a minute fraction of that. Enough of the b.s.’

      Why do you believe Covid 19 was not widespread prior to March in NZ?

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      • Duker

         /  27th April 2020

        Why do you think Trump believes injecting bleach will kill the virus inside the body like it dies outside

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        • Pink David

           /  27th April 2020

          “Why do you think Trump believes injecting bleach will kill the virus inside the body like it dies outside”

          Refer where he states his belief in this.

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          • Duker

             /  27th April 2020

            He said it therefore he believes that it’s worth looking into….it’s something trumpanzees will have to defend ,as his medical advisors look at the floor.
            It’s even worse that none of his circle will say this is crazy, as the great metrologist…virologist must never be contradicted

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  27th April 2020

        Doesn’t show in the numbers. The growth is explained by the known infected arrivals.

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        • Pink David

           /  27th April 2020

          Depends where you were on the curve.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  27th April 2020

            I tried fitting with an unknown number prior to first recorded case. It went negative.

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  5. Gezza

     /  27th April 2020

    Jacinda Ardern’s profile in the US continues to rise as celebrities and talk show hosts praise female leaders for their effective leadership during the Covid-19 crisis.

    Female leaders were the topic of a recent episode of ABC’s The View, in which American actress and TV presenter Whoopi Goldberg praised Ardern alongside Sint Maartens Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs.

    Goldberg called her a “voice of reason who has taken decisive action”.

    She joins a chorus of high-profile voices acknowledging the stark chasm between female leaders and some of the world’s prominent male leaders, coined the Ostrich Alliance, who refused to listen to science.
    Moor …
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/121294645/whoopi-goldberg-praises-jacinda-ardern-as-a-voice-of-reason-during-coronavirus-pandemic

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    • Pink David

       /  27th April 2020

      “Sint Maartens Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs.”

      Did they mention what they though of the Mayor of Hastings?

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      • Gezza

         /  27th April 2020

        I dunno – I’ve only read what I posted.

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        • Duker

           /  27th April 2020

          PD thinks he’s showing intelligence by putting everything as a question,

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          • Gezza

             /  27th April 2020

            An assumption based on what you are thinking when you do it.
            You are the world’s worst mind reader.

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          • Pink David

             /  27th April 2020

            Sint Maartens has a population of 40,000. Less than Hastings.

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            • Blazer

               /  28th April 2020

              Iceland has a population of circa 350,000,yet you like their testing.

        • Whoopi Goldberg must be barmy if she thinks that our PM is the voice of reason.

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          • Pink David

             /  27th April 2020

            She defended Polanski as it being just ‘rape’, not ‘rape rape’ when he drugged and sodomized a 14 yo girl.

            I’m not sure her judgement is that sound.

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          • duperez

             /  27th April 2020

            No doubt you’ve watched some of the daily covid-19 TV casts from the USA and NZ.

            On what you saw in those sessions, would you like to offer on a ‘voice of reason’ rating scale of 1-100, where you would have Donald Trump and Jacinda Ardern. Thank you. 🙂

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            • Griff.

               /  27th April 2020

              Is this before or after he shoots up disinfectant and sticks an ultraviolet light up his arse?
              Pink is a Trump cult member …..

            • Pink David

               /  27th April 2020

              [Deleted – too personal. PG]

          • Blazer

             /  28th April 2020

            barmy?would she have a Degree if she was …barmy?

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  6. Gezza

     /  27th April 2020

    A police spokesperson said they did not encourage community checkpoints but would work with other agencies to ensure compliance with alert level restrictions.

    “Police are working with those communities and other agencies to ensure checkpoints are safe and not preventing lawful use of the road.”

    Translation: We are too scared to stop them or do them over for breaching lockdown & bubble requirements, in case it stirs Maori radicals up & makes a worse mess for us & the govt than Ihumatao. But if anyone else does – watch out, we’ll do ya !

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/121291614/coronavirus-taranaki-iwi-checkpoints-to-go-ahead-as-uncertainty-remains-about-covid19-case-numbers

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  27th April 2020

      It seems to have been overlooked in the latest proclamation by our DG Health masquerading as the Parliamentary Drafting Service, Select Committee, Three Readings in the House of Parliament and the Governor General’s signature.

      I don’t know why we bothered with all those other people.

      Reply

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