Politicians distance themselves from Covid quarantine procedure failures

A lot of dismay and anger has been expressed after two people granted a compassionate exemption to Covid quarantine so they could travel from Auckland to Wellington to see a dying relative, including from politicians who accepted credit and praise  for successfully eradicating Covid, but don’t accept responsibility for this huge stuff up.

The Minister of Health has acted quickly – Compassionate exemptions temporarily suspended

Health Minister Dr David Clark says he has required the Director General of Health to suspend compassionate exemptions from managed isolation, in order to ensure the system is working as intended.

The ‘system’ simply wasn’t working as it should have been.

It will only be reinstated once the Government has confidence in the system.

“Compassionate exemptions should be rare and rigorous and it appears that this case did not include the checks that we expected to be happening. That’s not acceptable,” David Clark said.

“Our border measures are a key line of defence against COVID-19 and we must ensure they are as robust as possible.

It is obvious that border controls were critical. Measures should have been as robust as possible for months. Testing is a basic part of this.

“The Director General will be reviewing the processes around these latest two cases, noting that he has already made it a requirement that all individuals must return a negative COVID test before leaving managed isolation facilities from now on.”

According to RNZ that was only a few days ago.

Over the last week Clark has been praising himself for the Ministry handling of Covid.

On Facebook on 8 June:

#BREAKING We are moving to Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm tonight.
I couldn’t be more proud of overseeing a health system that has responded so well to the challenges of a global pandemic. Together, with the efforts of all New Zealanders, we’ve shown we can stamp out COVID-19. Now let’s keep doing this.

On Facebook on 12 June:

Yesterday (Newstalk ZB): Clark grilled over new cases as PM admits checks were ‘not adequate’

Health Minister David Clark told Heather Du Plessis Allan the system needs to be looked at.

“My request to suspend compassionate exemptions until we ensure the system is working as intended.”

He says that the two women did all that was asked of them.

When it came to them leaving without getting a test, Clark says that ministers understood that was what was happening.

du Plessis-Allan asked how the two teenagers had been able to run away from authorities after being granted an exemption. However, Clark was unaware of the case – learning about it live on air.

“I have not had a briefing on that. I will seek a briefing on that.”

Clark says he is disappointed that the measures he thought were in place weren’t in place.

A lot of people are disappointed in the laxness of systems and the re-introduction of Covid into New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has admitted health officials’ protocols failed to meet expectations after two new Covid-19 cases were revealed today.

In a Facebook Live post this evening, she said standards had not been met.

“This case is clear – our expectations … have not been met in this instance,” she said.

“The two cases that came in from overseas that were announced today were not announced under the circumstances that we would have expected at out border.”

Ardern acknowledged that the two women should not have been granted compassionate leave.

“That is something that we have taken incredibly seriously.”

Ardern said the Government had now halted the compassionate leave scheme for those in self-isolation or quarantine to attend an event such as a funeral.

“Ultimately, after taking a look at what has happened here there is already an expectation that no one leaves quarantine until they have completed their two weeks [isolation] and have been tested,” she said.

“Of course that was our expectation already, so that is where there is a failure in this case.”

So not her responsibility either.

ODT: Compassionate exemptions from quarantine halted

Clark told RNZ’s Checkpoint programme tonight that, as a result of the latest cases, he had asked Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield to temporarily suspend all compassionate exemptions until he was confident that “things are happening as they should” at the borders.

“They followed all of the instructions given to them and so they haven’t come into contact with a wider group of people … but nonetheless I am disappointed to learn they were out of the facility without testing negative first, because that was my understanding that that would have happened.”

He said it was his understanding that one of the women had symptoms but dismissed them as part of a pre-existing condition.

Clark said it was his expectation that people were tested at three days and 12 days since their arrival, based on advice from the Ministry of Health.

“My understanding is that the Director-General himself was expecting they’d be tested before they left and so the system has clearly not worked as it was intended to work. I’m very disappointed about that.”

Expectations and understandings are not enough. I would have thought that all people entering the country should be tested as soon as they get here.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the two new cases of Covid-19 underline how important it is to have strict border controls.

But she would not be drawn on any details of the cases – the first in the country since May 22 – pointing instead to today’s press conference with Bloomfield.

Ardern fronted up with Bloomfield often over the last few months, so much so that she was criticised for using it for PR purposes.

“There are eight million cases worldwide. We still have New Zealanders returning home,” Ardern said. “What this does prove is the importance of a rigorous system at our border.”

That importance was proven months ago. We should have had a rigorous system at our border at least before lowering our Covid levels and allowing exemptions.

Hopefully these new cases will be contained and won’t spread further, but that would be more by good luck than god management.

But the problems may be bigger:

NZ Herald:  Two new New Zealand Covid cases from UK, Jacinda Ardern admits system ‘failure’

The women arrived in New Zealand on June 7 and applied for a dispensation on Friday June 12.

The application for leave was expedited because of the sudden death of their parent later that day, Bloomfield said, and they were allowed to leave for Wellington on the condition they were tested there.

They arrived on 7 June and were granted an exemption after 12 June without having been tested. Being asked to get tested when the got to Wellington is remarkable,.

The women, in their 30 and 40s, arrived on a flight from Britain via Doha and Brisbane.

Bloomfield wasn’t nervous that there would be a sudden outbreak because the close contacts – including people at the Novotel Ellerslie in Auckland where they stayed and on the Brisbane flight – were all being traced.

The pair were currently in quarantine at a Wellington property with a third family member – apparently the only person they have had contact with since leaving Auckland.

 

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73 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  17th June 2020

    Welcome to the reality of elimination in a contaminated world. This a direct and inevitable consequence of the hard lockdown strategy. That so many naive people are upset by it shows how far from reality the Government has misled them.

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  17th June 2020

      Of course it is the reality of a contaminated world, everyone who comes across the border is a potential carrier, hence the 14 day quarantine period.
      People are upset because they sacrificed a lot to get the infections down to zero only for lax implementation of the quarantine to trip us up. I would have zero compassionate exemptions we are at war with an invisible enemy that doesn’t take prisoners.

      What was the alternative to an early hard lockdown? Sweden, their neighbours are opening up but excluding them. The US, what a mess which looks like it could go on for months well pass April when the eminent virologist said it would go away.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  17th June 2020

        The alternative to the hard lockdown was to do what we are supposed to be doing now – securing the borders and implementing proper testing, tracing and isolation/quarantine.

        We failed then and are failing now while the clueless gutless MSM went all happy clappy for Jacindamania.

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        • Patzcuaro

           /  17th June 2020

          It is my understanding that we didn’t have the testing and tracing capacity when we went into lockdown which was meant to give us time to implement the necessary testing & tracing. Also PPE was in short supply and you cant expect front line workers to carry on without the necessary PPE

          If we had closed the border earlier to all (including returning NZers) we might have avoided the lockdown but this was politically unpalatable.

          Do you seriously think that a National government would have done things very differently?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  17th June 2020

            I have no idea what National would have done. I only know what should have been done then and should be done now.

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      • Pink David

         /  17th June 2020

        “What was the alternative to an early hard lockdown? Sweden, their neighbours are opening up but excluding them. ”

        Would those countries be Denmark and Norway by any chance? The two counties who’s health chiefs have said the lockdowns were unnecessary and did not achieve anything.

        Those two countries?

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        • Patzcuaro

           /  17th June 2020

          Yes those two plus Finland, I’ve read that the Swedish experts are having 2nd thoughts as well.

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          • Pink David

             /  17th June 2020

            “I’ve read that the Swedish experts are having 2nd thoughts as well.”

            I’m sure you did. Did you also read the bit that their 2nd thoughts were about better protecting the rest homes, and they still believe lockdowns achieve nothing?

            Sweden, Denmark and Norway are all in agreement that the lockdowns are ineffective. Experts in Germany agree too.

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      • david in aus

         /  17th June 2020

        Alternatives to Chinese style lockdown? South Korea- technology-based track, trace, and isolate with no lockdown. Australia’s less harsher restrictions with WA, SA, and QLD having zero cases for a while. Zero cases were more luck than anything compared to Victoria. Victoria’s premier, Daniel Andrews, made a song & dance about been the most restrictive in Australia but is now having the largest numbers of cases.

        NZ’s lockdown to “eliminate” Covid 19 enduring harsher economic pain was a gamble. I am not surprised, to be human is to err. I think it was best to assume that they will be setbacks. Those that are upset had unrealistic expectations. Too much triumphalism instead of humbleness.

        Jacinda is being bitten by her own PR campaign. What was a knee jerk reaction, became a PR exercise, but when perfection did not eventuate…. she is disappointed in others.

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  2. Duker

     /  17th June 2020

    “So not her responsibility either.”
    How could it be otherwise . Is the PM in residence at the various hotels to see the rules are being strictly followed.
    The officials were dragged into to the compassionate circumstances by the courts, and now its used and people at a hotel werent strict enough, delaying two women going to the bedside for their mothers last day, its Arderns fault, really ?

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    • She fronts up to take credit for successes, so she must have responsibility for failures. She has chosen to leave Clark in charge of Health, she is responsible for an inadequate Minister.

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      • She’s been crowing about NZ being covid-free and accepting the accolades; these things go both ways, alas.

        If the two women had been tested, this wouldn’t have happened and other people wouldn’t be denied seeing their dying family members.

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    • David

       /  17th June 2020

      Ardern is the PM at the very least you would think she might have asked Bloomfield if he is testing the people who are in government isolation. You would think she would have asked Bloomfield to explain how the isolation is being managed and had someone on her staff review it for holes. Its really just basics when you are in leadership.
      We had to do a 21 page Covid19 management plan covering all the things that Bloomfield has missed, she doesnt need a medical degree just an IQ above 70 would work.

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      • duperez

         /  17th June 2020

        Anyone with an IQ above 70 knows that expecting the Prime Minister of the country to be checking the minutiae of everything is silly.

        She flies to Wellington, the plane crashes and lots of people are killed. She should have checked the landing gear or some component in the engine? She should have asked the pilot about the turbines?

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        • David

           /  17th June 2020

          You dont think something as basic as “Hey Ashley you know all that testing thingy you and I talked about at the 4874 press conferences just wanted to check you are testing the people arriving from places where its running so rampant we are having to lock the arrivals up in hotels”.
          Bloomfield is as culpable as she is, he is supposed to be the brains in this operation. He failed at Wellington with the Avatar arrivals and again here and it turns out there are a couple of teenagers who absconded as well. Either he is pandering to “Be Kind” or he isnt as great as the media made him out to be.

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        • Duker

           /  17th June 2020

          Even the top officials in Wellington were mislead that the processes are being followed.
          It wasnt only skipping doing a test, they werent even doing the questions right , just asking if they were ‘OK’ , when there is a detailed list of symptoms to ask about.

          This is why we could never have had an ‘easy’ quarantine like some with hindsight seem to think. Its the kiwi culture , ignore minor rules

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          • Pink David

             /  17th June 2020

            “This is why we could never have had an ‘easy’ quarantine like some with hindsight seem to think. Its the kiwi culture , ignore minor rules”

            You have created a system with a single point of failure. Your quaint idea that it would work only if the ‘rules’ were followed is amusing.

            This was always the trap a lockdown was going to create. Once you are in it, it is very difficult to get out.

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            • Duker

               /  17th June 2020

              There is a myriad of laws based those very principles… and yet when people get caught for any infractions they protest mightily.
              No it seems the women ‘ got lost’ and had contact with another family member to help them out….
              getting the truth out of them …being 40 something women… is going to be difficult.
              I would check every detail and question them throughly , by trained police investigators

            • Pink David

               /  17th June 2020

              “I would check every detail and question them throughly , by trained police investigators”

              Yes, I don’t doubt this is what you would do. Integration comes naturally to those who seek control.

              You are completely missing the fundamental problem, the system is foolish. Adding more laws to the myriad of laws, or demanding better enforcement of the myriad of laws is creating an inherently fragile system. It’s going to keep breaking.

              You clearly missed reading Deming, or if you did you missed the point.

    • Pink David

       /  17th June 2020

      The [deleted] cannot be held responsible for failings under her leadership. That is other people failing and [deleted] cannot be everywhere and expected to solve every problem, even though she is the bestest, smartest, leader who has ever been.

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  3. John J Harrison

     /  17th June 2020

    Absolutely correct Alan.
    There was nothing wrong with the protocols which Clark is more than happy to take credit for.
    The indisputable fact is that everyone ignored them as if they did not exist.
    Now Jacinda is apoplectic with all major international news services this morning noting that NZ is no longer Covid free.
    O dear the media luvvies are no longer fawning over every self serving Labour announcements !
    Heads should roll over this blatant disregard of security protocols.
    But this, sadly, will never happen with the hapless COL.

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    • duperez

       /  17th June 2020

      They might be hapless and hopeless and not up to it but if they are to be rubbished how reasonable is it to illustrate the point by saying, “There was nothing wrong with the protocols … the indisputable fact is that everyone ignored them as if they did not exist.”

      The situation seems to have roused hyperbole, hysteria and (naturally enough) political opportunism and venom.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  17th June 2020

        “The situation seems to have roused hyperbole, hysteria and (naturally enough) political opportunism and venom.”

        ‘Tis ever thus when socialist fantasy meets reality.

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        • Duker

           /  17th June 2020

          Pike River …where neo liberal fantasy meets reality…Cave Creek when neo liberal fantasy…..
          Why wasnt the Worksafe ministers checking the Mine Inspectors were doing their jobs and all the rules were being followed by Management or the consent requirements fully met.
          Its different when National do it

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          • Pink David

             /  17th June 2020

            “Pike River …where neo liberal fantasy meets reality…Cave Creek when neo liberal fantasy…..”

            Ooooo….I like this game.

            Chernobyl….where neo liberal fantasy meets reality
            Kyshtym…where neo liberal fantasy meets reality
            Sverdlovsk…where neo liberal fantasy meets reality
            Luisenthal….where neo liberal fantasy meets reality.

            Everyone can play. Just pick any random disaster that is man made, and then blame neo liberalism. This is because nothing ever goes wrong unless it is neo liberalism.

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        • duperez

           /  17th June 2020

          C’mon Alan, you know that saying there were protocols and given what is known that it is “indisputable fact is that everyone ignored them as if they did not exist” is rubbish.

          Do you really believe that everyone involved in the various agreed processes is ignoring them as if they don’t exist? A woman, a journalist, on radio this morning talked about her experience coming back into New Zealand. She was dealt with a by a number of people who had various roles. They seemed to be acting on some sort of rules and doing what they had to do.

          At least one person didn’t do something they were supposed to do in the current situation. Making out that it’s an “indisputable fact is that everyone ignored them (the protocols) as if they did not exist”?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  17th June 2020

            The fantasy was that lockdown was the brilliant solution and end of the problem.

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            • Duker

               /  17th June 2020

              No . At level one it was said there WILL be new cases…do try to keep up.
              There will be more cases of people who come into the country.
              All those stupid stories about migrants pleading their case, and yet they are in their ‘home’ countries.
              Unless their visa is a pathway for residency , and not just a temp work visa, they should be told they can only come back temporarily if at all, and to prepare to leave permanently

  4. Duker

     /  17th June 2020

    “Police Minister Stuart Nash told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking that someone needed to be held to account after the two women flew in from the UK, were allowed out of isolation in an Auckland hotel early, and made a road-trip to Wellington…

    “I cannot repeat the words on your show that I said when I heard what had happened,” Nash told Hosking, using language far stronger than Health Minister David Clark and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

    “Someone does need to be held to account. We need to have a review of what’s happening in quarantine because it’s totally inacceptable, when five million Kiwis do it real tough.

    “To get this sort of ineptitude, man it is unforgivable
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12340508

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  5. John J Harrison

     /  17th June 2020

    Duker, talk is so very cheap with this hapless PM and her useless ministers.
    Nothing less than the ministers resignation is required, not next week but TODAY.
    5 million people and $10’s Billions in borrowed money are now at risk because government imposed protocols were blatantly ignored by those in highly paid positions.
    But, as sure as the sun sets tonight the socialist PM will not address the issue but merely huff and puff.

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  6. FarmerPete

     /  17th June 2020

    After the hardships visited on the whole country, with the notable exception of those privileged folk who were deemed essential, this isn’t a system failure it is criminally irresponsible.
    Many of us have had to sit on the sideline watching as businesses and jobs were severely impacted and listen to the kindergarten teacher muttering unctuous platitudes about being kind. Locals were not able to visit relatives who were dying, and yet after 8 weeks no hard and fast border rules or quarantine procedures are in place.
    Yesterday the talk from Bloomfield was that he was satisfied that the two women had behaved responsibly and not interacted with anyone else on their trip to Wellington. That is just not believable. Apparently, no fuel stops, no food stops and no visits to a toilet. What a total crock.
    Nash can swear all he likes and place blame down the chain, but the PM chose to lead this and be the ‘public face’. She also chose to leave Clark in his role after three separate transgressions. Both should go.
    I was in the supermarket this am getting a toothbrush and one of the staff spontaneously expressed her displeasure about this. Not all the luvvies are happy, apparently.

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    • duperez

       /  17th June 2020

      We say we don’t like being treated like children, we don’t like it when we’re treated as if we’re not to be trusted, we don’t like it when we’re treated as if it’s a dictatorship.

      When there aren’t 100% Stalinesque approaches and some don’t follow ‘guidelines’ or act stupidly we say ‘why aren’t there more rules, why isn’t there more enforcement?’ It’s a weird world.🙃

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      • Duker

         /  17th June 2020

        “They were not tested before they left on the condition they were tested in Wellington, which returned positive results.

        One of the women had mild symptoms before being tested, but it was put down to a pre-existing condition.

        Director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield said yesterday their conditions might have been picked up if the daily health check in managed isolation had been done properly, including asking them about every individual Covid-19 symptom.

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    • Farmer, I can believe that a car can go that far; a friend’s car can, much to her delight.

      But unless these women have much better bladder control than most of us, they will have stopped for a pee somewhere.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  17th June 2020

        The first report I saw claimed they toileted beside the road presumably in the countryside.

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        • Toilet is a noun, not a verb.:(

          I did wonder if they did that, though.

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        • NOEL

           /  17th June 2020

          National claimed during QT that they had got lost and had to ask directions which they thanked with a hug and kiss.
          Hmmm there was the claim that a Gang member was manning a iwi check point that on examination turned out to be 2 women.
          Aint Parliamentary Privilege grand.

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          • I have Mongrel Mob members living down my road…not all gang members are men. The gang member/s could be female.

            It’s a bit mortifying that their section is much neater than mine…as is their lawn…you’d never guess that MMM live there, and they are very nice people !

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  7. Alan

     /  17th June 2020

    Looks like they are desperate to get some more Covid cases happening… Then the lax tracing App might become compulsory?

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  8. Duker

     /  17th June 2020

    Ardern had a press conference after the Ministry announcements….
    The trip to Wellington details doesnt say they had no fuel stops, just they didnt interact with PEOPLE.
    Surely you know you can pay for petrol at pump , I do it all the time
    Of course they shouldnt have left Auckland with a clear Covid test…”which is all Arderns fault”

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    • Gerrit

       /  17th June 2020

      Even the simple method of paying “at the pump” means contamination of the card reader and fuel pump dispenser.

      Hopefully they told staff at the service station to decontaminate everything they touched. And hopefully they decontaminated the car they used as well.

      It is not only the direct interaction with the PEOPLE that is a problem, but equally importantly the indirect contact with the PEOPLE that handled the equipment used, afterwards.

      And no, it is not directly Ardern’s fault but indirectly she is wearing the can for the stuff up. If she does not want to take the blame, she better throw the minister and ministry under the bus.

      Accountability demands it. Transparency demands it. Reputation demand it.

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      • David

         /  17th June 2020

        She took credit for a job well done kinda follows she owns this one. Bit off hiding your health minister when everything is going well then put him front and centre when it falls over.

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      • Duker

         /  17th June 2020

        Most people dont get virus from touching things …. the favoured route is directly to the muscous membranes after breathing in the virus and only if its large enough dosage to overwhelm the body defences. Small particles that survive on dry surfaces and get to hands arent the main way people catch it.
        But of course if the KNEW they were positive they should have left the hotel. However that court case left them in an impossible possible for compassionate cases, where the mother died that night of the trip

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        • Gerrit

           /  17th June 2020

          Thanks Dr Duker. Good to know that all the disinfectant wiping down, during the lock down, was a waste of time.

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        • Duker

           /  17th June 2020

          All surface cleaning mostly just moves bacteria around onto larger surface.
          The infection rate R tells you all you need to know not my advice, that is it’s not very infectious in the big scheme of things for the reasons I explained. Measles is 5 to 6 times as infectious as covid

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  9. Gezza

     /  17th June 2020

    The Chief Ombudsman is set to inspect the Covid-19 isolation and quarantine facilities set up for people arriving from overseas.

    It follows an experience by his staff, who were staying in an Auckland hotel, and came into close contact with people in quarantine – and did not immediately know.

    Peter Boshier said he was “livid” and it illustrated what happened with the two women who had been diagnosed with Covid-19 after leaving a managed isolation facility and were not tested before they left.

    “Unless the process goes according to plan, if a chain is weak, it messes up everyone and that’s what happened to us.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/121856165/coronavirus-chief-ombudsman-to-inspect-covid19-isolation-and-quarantine-facilities

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    • Gezza

       /  17th June 2020

      Muller & Seymour put the heat on at Question 1 of Question Time today.

      Some of Muller’s team have been claiming that the borders should be opened; this was flung back at him.

      But Ardern was clearly feeling the heat & putting the responsibility on”the system” having failed. Bloomfield, she says, was assured that all his & the government’s expectations that testing was being done on days 3 and 12 were being met – Bloomfield is investigating. He is under the bus.

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      • So that’s where he’s hiding.

        3 says that he is refusing to talk and the PM was dodging awkward qs, as well as refusing to apologise to those who will now be refused compassionate release.

        A group halfway through quarantine turned up at a funeral…Keystone Kovid Kare !!!

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        • Gezza

           /  17th June 2020

          Bloomfield DOES have to carry the can for this. If he advised the PM, & Clark, as he appears to have done, that everything was being done correctly, it’s perfectly reasonable for them to accept such assurances as accurate.

          If the various subordinate health officials with responsibility for managing & monitoring quarantine & testing requirements who told him everythibg was hunky dorey were either wrong, or bullshitting – Bloomfield is paid a fortune every year to make sure his Department & officials get this sort of thing RIGHT.

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  10. Corky

     /  17th June 2020

    3 News has gone feral on the Government. Talk about the worm that has turned.

    This change in public perception of the government has been tracking on talkback for at least 2 weeks. The PM is become quite terse with any questions she doesn’t want answer.

    I cannot believe how many political careers are in the process of being destroyed by Covid.

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    • Duker

       /  17th June 2020

      Your last chance for the issurrection….armed citizens etc
      You have such an overblown sense of what happens, it’s just a fireworks issue burns brightly then pfuuft.
      Once the government found out what was happening, the acted swiftly and decisively, the military is now in charge of the arrivals, all the turkeys are facing early Xmas and likely Bloomfield will have fall on his sword as well.

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      • Corky

         /  17th June 2020

        I wouldn’t have a clue what you are talking about. I’m talking about changed perceptions…. you are talking about armed citzens.

        Do you wonder why people think you aren’t all there?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  17th June 2020

        Fine, except it should have happened in February.

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  11. David

     /  17th June 2020

    Apparently the girl who was hugged went off to a gym class and her personal trainer has been told by the health officials just carry on with life and lets see what the test shows up in a few days, she is self isolating because she is smarter than the numpty,s in charge whose main aim seems to be to hush things up.

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  12. David

     /  17th June 2020

    6 people absconded at a funeral not the 2 we were led to believe, seems only 2 have been rounded up.

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    • Gezza

       /  17th June 2020

      “Former Police Commissioner Mike Bush says six people absconded after being granted compassionate leave from Covid-19 quarantine to attend a Hamilton funeral.

      At least one of the people – a youth aged about 18 – is yet to be “rounded up”.

      Yesterday media were told just two teenagers ran away from authorities after being allowed to go to the funeral.

      The Ministry of Health has now confirmed six family members from Australia were granted compassionate exemptions to leave Auckland’s Pullman Hotel and attend their relative’s tangi on June 10.”
      Herald

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