Daily Covid-19 update

Covid-19 updates happen daily but there are no longer media conferences in the weekend, and I haven’t bothered posting on them every day with not much changing – yesterday the only change in main statistics was 12 more recovered..

Today may be of more interest with questions and hopefully clarifications on confusing rules under the Alert Level 2 lockdown we are switching to tonight. Funeral and tangi restrictions have become a controversial issue.

No new cases again today, so the total remains at 1,497 confirmed and probable cases.

No more deaths, still on 21 – there have been no deaths since 6 May, a week ago.

Another 12 recovered today (total now 1,402 which is 94% of cases), and still 2 people in hospital.

5,961 tests yesterday so no over 200,000 tests, about 4% of the population.


Jacinda Ardern:

Straight into the funeral and tangi issue. Government and Ministry of Health have been discussing this with funeral directors and Iwi leaders.

Funerals are events that cannot easily be postponed. There will still be restrictions but more may be said later in the  day about possible changes.

She then launches into a pre-budget speech. A lot of repeat phrases, but this time also talking about metaphorically moving from winter into spring, which is an odd thing to say as we head into winter.

This budget will be a ‘tailored solution to a specific situation’ – that is, a focus on Covid response.

“When times are hard you don’t cut, you invest”. “Our plan is to invest”.

“…We will strengthen the blanket of support that the state provides”.

“Team of five million” several times.

“Do we return to those settings or is now the time to find a better way?”


Questions lead on funerals which Ardern is well prepared for – working through and agile and incredibly tough and nothing new.

Bloomfield says the Ministry is working through solutions.

Protect but accommodate concerns somehow.

What Ardern said today is officially called  ​​​​​​​Prime Minister’s pre=Budget speech

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16 Comments

  1. 78 now have it, so the petty restrictions seem a bit overdone.

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  2. Ray

     /  13th May 2020

    And straight into a Political broadcast.
    And a quick backdown on the plainly ridiculous rules on funerals…possibly…to be announced latter in the day..by the lame duck, soon to be sacked, Minister of Health!

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    • Gezza

       /  13th May 2020

      Don’t crow too soon. With the poor selection Jacinda’s got you could end up with Twyford as the new Health Minister.

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    • Ray

       /  13th May 2020

      Though if you are worried about picking Covid up this is worth a read.
      https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them
      Note singing in an enclosed space is not a good idea. If someone else is spreading.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  13th May 2020

        Great link, Ray. As I have been saying, shared indoor air is the issue, outdoor transmission is next to non-existent. But very good information on the relative risks of breath, speech, singing, coughs and sneezes.

        If only our politicians were sane enough to let us follow the science.

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  3. Gezza

     /  13th May 2020

    I’ll watch the video after. Was speaking to one ma’s rellies on the blower last nite about not being able to hold ma’s memorial get-together at her home yet. She was also unhappy about being treated like a pre-schooler by Jacinda -.who she used to like – unable to be trusted to observe all safety precautions at ma’s remembrance gathering.

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    • That seems to be wide-spread. People are tired of being told to wash their hands as if they wouldn’t know to do this otherwise. I am tired of being told to take a shopping list, as if I had never heard of this.

      Jacinda has just sidestepped the question about the pain caused by the rules like this…she said that there is pain from ‘Covid 19’ and then sidestepped it again. No responsibility was taken, what a surprise.

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  4. Conspiratoor

     /  13th May 2020

    Watch the good cop, bad cop routine to emerge over the coming days. Something along the lines of…

    “I’ve taken advice to keep the pressure on this virus but I feel for my people and for those who are hurting I hear you comrades”.
    So yes gather together to remember your loved ones and by the way here’s a couple of thou’ to lessen the grief”

    As a wise old zen monk once told me empathy is the most powerful communication technique. Nothing else comes close, especially with the fairer sex. If it’s not sincere don’t sweat it, just fake it

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    • Gezza

       /  13th May 2020

      That good cop bad cop routine has akready started with the Level 2 announcement – when, as part of their double act, Jacinda & Ashley had obviously agreed as a strategy that she could say the & Health advisers were against allowing pubs to open, but that “Cabinet” had overruled him & said they could open if their primary function was selling food – but bars pushing booze as their primary function had to wait another week

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      • Gezza

         /  13th May 2020

        FiP!

        *already
        **he & Health advisers were against allowing pubs to open

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      • The problem with the idea of giving everyone money to do the economy good is that the money will have to be borrowed and the recipients will, of course, be paying it back with interest.

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