No new cases for 10 days, no word from Government

No new Covid-19 cases for the tenth day in a row. No change to any of the daily numbers (there is still 1 active case).

But it will be another seven days before the Cabinet considers any changes to the current Level 2 lockdown, and based on the last indication from Government it could be up to 3 weeks before we drop to Level 1.

Winston Peters has already been pushing for a drop to level 1. Five days ago Winston Peters says NZ should already be in level 1 with trans-Tasman bubble

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has broken rank with Labour over coronavirus restrictions, saying the country should be at level 1 now.

Peters told Newstalk ZB on Wednesday morning that it was his party’s position that New Zealand should be at alert level 1 by now, meaning almost no internal restrictions on normal life.

He said this view had been made clear to Labour in Cabinet, but it didn’t have the numbers to make it a reality.

“The Prime Minister has actually admitted that, at the Cabinet meeting she said it, there was serious concerns from New Zealand First that this was taking too long”.

Peters made clear that he thought the health advice being given to the Government was overly risk-averse, pointing to the earlier advice from the Ministry of Health that even Kiwis be blocked from coming home to New Zealand.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that Cabinet would check in on level 2 settings on June 8 and would make a decision on whether to move to level 1 or not no later than June 22.

Today from National leader Todd Muller:  Government must explain why we’re still at Level 2

The Government needs to explain to New Zealanders why it won’t consider a move to Alert Level 1 for another week, Leader of the Opposition Todd Muller says.

“Kiwis have made enormous sacrifices to flatten the curve, but if their efforts still aren’t enough to move to Level 1 then the Government must explain why.

“It has been more than a week since the last confirmed case of Covid-19. There are fewer cases now than there was before any restrictions were put in place.

“The Government has a duty to speak with one voice on such a critical issue, but all Kiwis are hearing now is mixed messages from the Prime Minister and her deputy.

“Businesses on the brink of closure have been left in limbo too long. It’s time for the Government to be clear about what conditions need to be met for the move to Level 1.

“Level 1 should mean businesses can return to full capacity, transport networks can resume without constraints, marriages can be properly celebrated and loved ones can be appropriately mourned.

“The sooner small businesses know what Level 1 will look like, the easier it will be for the backbone of our economy to start repairing itself.”

If the Government waits another week before explaining what the new Level 1 will be like and when we may move to it they will leave themselves open to more questions and criticisms, especially if we continue with no new Covid cases.

There’s indications most of the public have already largely moved on from Level 2, but businesses are still restricted by Level 2 rules. The longer it takes for business to get back to near normal the more jobs and businesses will be lost.

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30 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  1st June 2020

    How long must we wait before calling out the”experts” for being the ignorant twats they claimed others to be?

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    • I don’t think it’s the health experts who are the problem. They are advising what they think is best for dealing with Covid. That’s their job.

      The Government should be listening to them as well as other experts like business advisers and economists, and then weighing all this up and make decisions based on all relevant criteria.

      That doesn’t appear to be happening.

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      • The PM has said she ignored evidence and science in favour of instinct. That is unbelievable. Instinct tells people to run from ferocious dogs and lie down in the snow when they have hypothermia !

        She will probably pay lip service to the advisers and carry on in her own sweet way,

        She several times said that no one should have to go through that (lose a baby alone, die alone, not be able to see a dying son) in a perfunctory way when the cruelties of lockdown were revealed…and then did nothing to prevent if happening again.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  1st June 2020

        I beg to differ. The Dunedin crew claiming we must wait another two weeks before attaining 95% prob the virus is eliminated are the heart of the problem.

        That level of probability that the virus was contained to known isolated cases was attained at least two weeks ago.

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      • Pink David

         /  1st June 2020

        “I don’t think it’s the health experts who are the problem. ”

        Part of claiming to be an expert is to have accountability for the outcomes of your advice. They want to be listened too, they promote their ideas as being the right thing, so carry that responsibility. Did any of them caution about uncertainty, or that their suggestions should be weight against other factors?

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    • Gezza

       /  1st June 2020

      The problem is there’s no pressure coming from proper reporters in the print, online & tv media to examine the contestable science issues. They simply parrot what Bloomfield & Ardern say & actively market them as national heroes.

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      • Gezza

         /  1st June 2020

        Hillary Barry went one further and dedicated a segment of Seven Sharp to marketing Bloomfield as NZ’s latest sex symbol, with video clips of gushy ditzy doodles all busy manufacturing Ashley T-shirts and all sorts of other Ashley paraphernalia & memorabilia. I don’t usually watch that show it’s so vacuous, but I’d left the tv on after watching the news & just happened to notice that item..

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        • Siouxsie Wiles wants L2 to go on for 90 days, the silly moo.

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          • Even someone who was 100% in favour of the original lockdown is now opposed to the way the restrictions are going on and on and on……

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            • Pink David

               /  1st June 2020

              If there was ever any logic in the lockdowns, then they could never end. That was baked in.

  2. People’s patience is wearing thin, and with no new cases and none likely, I can see no reason for the barmy restrictions where some places are safe with a 1m gap and others need 2m. If Dear Leader carries on the restrictions with thin excuses for doing so, her popularity may well diminish.. Let’s hope that she sees sense and/or that her power mania isn’t let to continue..

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  3. Gerrit

     /  1st June 2020

    Having gained so much good will, Ardern is now set to loose a great chunk of it.

    I dont think Labour had an exit plan, having four weeks of level 4 lock down to come up with one, it is pure incompetence that she is now drifting with the wind.

    Someone has to make a decision and the buck stops at the PM’s desk.

    Maybe she wants to have National gain traction and win the next election for even Ardern can see the huge hole that has been dug. Losing will open the door so that she can skive away to the UN.

    She sure is going overboard giving National breathing space and a free trip to gain confidence and the public’s trust.

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    • She’s on a power trip and doesn’t want to get off it.

      If she keeps the country under restriction on the offchance that there just might be another case, she’s asking for trouble. But if she eases off, it’s saying that the crushing restrictions were not necessary in the first place.

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  4. Pink David

     /  1st June 2020

    Alberto Zangrillo, head of San Raffaele in Milan;

    “the virus does not exist anymore, testing and lockdown are senseless, epidemiologists without medical experience are idiots that should shut up.”

    “our emergency rooms and our intensive care units are empty”

    https://www.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/05/31/news/coronavirus_zangrillo_il_covid_clinicamente_non_esiste_piu_qualcuno_terrorizza_paese-258111004/?ref=RHPPTP-BH-I258113312-C12-P2-S1.8-T1

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    • David

       /  1st June 2020

      It does seem to do what a lot of viruses do and just fizzle out. No 2nd waves of any note anywhere and the CFR shrinking on better data.

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      • The people who have been squawking like wet chooks about a second wave will look very foolish indeed. SARS fizzled out. I wish that ordinary flu would !

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  5. David

     /  1st June 2020

    Ardern has an election strategy and I am guessing the wage subsidy timing has something to do with it, could be something else but clearly there is no other rational explanation than politics. Probably has another multi million dollar bribe to promise.
    Faint glimmer of hope from Muller, I was wondering where he has been hiding.

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  6. oldlaker

     /  1st June 2020

    The fact that the police are not breaking up Black Lives Matter protests this afternoon where people are not social distancing shows the govt has lost control. And Avatar film workers flying in to Wellington have shown that some people are viewed as more valuable than others.
    Ardern has painted herself into a corner. I wouldn’t be surprised if her popularity plummets before the election.

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  8. David

     /  1st June 2020

    Most bars and cafes have given up complying, retail just doesnt care its just a total farce with a few taking it super serious and some ignoring.

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    • I ate out for the first time on Saturday at a tavern.

      We had to sign in (I forgot to sign out) and there was hand sanitiser at the door. We were shown to seats and unlike in the past orders were taken at the table.

      But four people served us through the meal. There is only supposed to be one per table. And then I had to go to the bar to pay.

      So an attempt was made to comply in part, but other rules were ignored. And no one seemed to care about it.

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      • David

         /  1st June 2020

        Its hurting business because they cant quite fully open and have to dick around part complying and we are getting no health benefits from a half ignored process.
        Where the hell are the opposition or the media its quite incredible the silence, I presume they go out.

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  9. Gezza

     /  1st June 2020

    Party leader David Seymour has called on the Government to move to alert level 1 immediately after the Black Lives Matter protests made “a mockery” of Covid-19 distancing restrictions.

    “Scenes of thousands of protesters shoulder to shoulder makes a mockery of the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions and insults every New Zealander who’s followed them,” Seymour said.

    Deputy Prime Minister Wintson Peters agreed with Seymour from his Facebook page: “If the authorities allow this to occur then we should be at level 1 tomorrow.”


    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300025419/coronavirus-protests-a-mockery-of-covid19-restrictions–act-leader-david-seymour

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    • Gezza

       /  1st June 2020

      The Prime Minister’s office has been approached for comment.

      Meanwhile, Kiwi microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles urged people involved in the marches to self-isolate for the next 14 days to avoid a surge in Covid-19 cases.

      “Absolutely gutted to see so many people joined the NZ BLM gatherings/marches without taking covid precautions. If you went today, please please please self isolate for the next 14 days. The last thing any of us want is to see a surge in cases.

      — Dr Siouxsie Wiles (@SiouxsieW) June 1, 2020”

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