Two more cases, and more quarantine controversy

Two more Covid cases today, both related to existing cases so no big deal, except they were only picked up on 12 day tests.

But controversies continue, as people arriving in the country thinking they would be put in isolation in Auckland were bussed to Rotorua instead.

RNZ: Two new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today

One of the new cases is the child of the couple who tested positive yesterday, and the other is a 59-year-old woman who travelled from Delhi.

Yesterday, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said there were two new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in New Zealand – a couple in the 20s who had returned from India with an infant child.

The couple showed no symptoms and returned a positive result after being tested on day 12 of isolation, and taken to the Jet Park quarantine hotel.

The second case arrived in Auckland on 15 June on flight AI1316.

“She was tested while at the Grand Millennium managed isolation facility and was travelling with her partner, who has also been tested and whose result is pending. Active follow up is now underway.’.

Bloomfield said the country could expect more new cases of Covid-19, as New Zealanders return home from overseas.

“Yesterday, New Zealand’s laboratories completed 5950 tests, bringing the total completed to date to 341,117.

That catch-up was necessary after they dropped the ball, not testing people in isolation until it became a public issue.

RNZ: Travellers ‘shocked’ at last minute transfer to quarantine in Rotorua

Some people transported to Rotorua told RNZ they should have been given more information about where they were going before their journey began.

Connor arrived in Auckland after a 40-hour trip from London, via Doha and Sydney.

He said he and other travellers were expecting to be taken to a hotel in Auckland. But it was announced about 15 minutes into the bus ride that they were going to Rotorua instead.

“I know a lot of people were shocked, some were in a little panic, but once we settled into the bus ride everybody calmed down and accepted that we were coming to Rotorua.”

Connor said people understood that hotels in Auckland were full and they needed to be taken somewhere else for their managed isolation.

A woman on the same flight said people on her bus had initially thought it was a joke when they were told they were going to Rotorua.

“It wasn’t until we were out of the Auckland city limit that we understood we were actually going to Rotorua.”

She said people should have been told before they got on the bus, so they could use the bathroom or grab water or a snack at the airport.

“It was pretty shocking that we were treated that way and I felt really, really bad for families with small children who were on my flight,” she said.

The woman said some people had already made plans for after the 14-day quarantine period, based on the assumption they would be in Auckland.

Although they are in isolation they have access to the outside world via phones and the Internet, so I think we can expect to hear about issues and complaints more now.

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  1. NOEL

     /  21st June 2020

    I think we can expect to hear about issues and complaints more now.
    We could give them a reason to bitch.
    https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/queensland-to-charge-travellers-up-to-200-a-night-for-quarantine-20200618-p553qy.html

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    • Gezza

       /  21st June 2020

      From the link:

      “Angry travellers says they arrived in New Zealand yesterday and were put on buses to Rotorua with no warning.

      Webb conceded that communication to those travellers could have been better.

      A total of 4272 people were now in managed isolation and with more flights expected this week so the Government was now approaching capacity in Auckland.

      Repatriation needed to happened in a safe and managed way so there would be some inconvenience to passengers, Webb said.

      “I make no apologies for the tough rules that are in place.”

      He estimated that 98 per cent of people returning to New Zealand were Kiwis coming home.

      The police presence at hotels had also been increased.

      Webb said 232 people were now in Rotorua across two hotels, the Ibis and the Sudima.

      The Rotorua hotels had good capacity to take the number of people arriving back. They have been working with them for sometime already so this was just brought forward.”

      Not surprised the travellers were angry. Rotorua stinks, in more ways than one.

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  3. David

     /  21st June 2020

    Hotel staff in Rotorua were given 2 hours notice. Its just a shamble and its great, I love it I hope we get a decent outbreak.
    Anyone seen the PM by chance aside of course from baking cakes.

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    • She refuses to accept any blame for the stuffups, she says.

      She’s a leader, so she leads, she says, that’s what she does.

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  4. Duker

     /  21st June 2020

    Who said they werent testing people in isolation ?
    There was 35 positive cases up til recently from isolation, and 1000s have been tested . ( 21,000 have arrived since isolation was introduced)
    Yes some have been missed, its supposed to be twice D3 and D12, but its incorrect to assume no testing was done

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    • Straw man, what’s angering people is that tests are still voluntary. Hence the two who walked out of the hotel when they both had Covid..

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  5. David

     /  21st June 2020

    It just gets more and more entertaining, no one is in charge of any detail its just dummies on the minimum wage with no supervision or direction. Lets remember the press conference with Ardern and Bloomfield 2 metres apart.

    “No information was provided and there was no government representative.”

    The bus left the airport just before 5pm and arrived at Rotorua at 9pm and passengers were only given water after they asked for it.

    He said there was one toilet stop at Matamata and only then did the bus driver put on gloves and a mask.

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    • Duker

       /  21st June 2020

      And your point is ?
      They have run out of hotels in Auckland, and some have not taken up the quarantine offer.

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      • Gezza

         /  21st June 2020

        They’ve had MONTHS to get their shit together & plan for this now. This is still an omnishambles. What’s happened to Ombler? The Controller of the All Government response? Was his a temporary appointment? Has he died or something?

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      • David

         /  21st June 2020

        The bus driver wasnt wearing PPE is my point, quite a pertinent one I would have thought.

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    • At least it wasn’t a ‘bathroom’ stop. Why DO people say this ?

      How absurd for those two to be 2m apart. Was there some reason to suppose that one of them had it ?

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  6. So much for the PM dancing because we had eliminated Covid and were now free of it.

    As the same motels in Hamilton are No Vacancy and have been for ages, I do wonder who’s in there.

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  7. artcroft

     /  21st June 2020

    I am overthrown. My contempt for Trump misplaced. He has solved the covid crisis. I was wrong. I admit my error.

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    • artcroft

       /  21st June 2020

      It’s genius. Once we top testing for it completely, it’ll disappear like magic. And only a stable genius could have thought of it.

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      • artcroft

         /  21st June 2020

        But no doubt the media will nit pick and find some small problem that they’ll blow up about.

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      • Corky

         /  21st June 2020

        Learn from that, Arty. Next time you face someone with ‘trick irons’ you will be prepared.

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  8. RNZ: Auckland’s Covid-19 isolation facilities have reached capacity, with 4272 New Zealanders in managed isolation and almost 900 more expected to arrive in the country in the next two days.‬

    Looks like our isolation capability is being overwhelmed.

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    • David

       /  21st June 2020

      We need to really start looking at limiting arrivals and its about time these people started picking up part of the cost as well. Damn sure I can think of better uses of my taxes.

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  9. Some Chicken Little is still squawking that we would have as many as 400,000 deaths (10% of the population; the idiot doesn’t even know that we have 5,000,000, not 4,000,000) What if everyone in NZ caught it ??? 400,000 deaths are on the cards.

    It would be 500,000 at that rate (10%) so NZ would double the world total. Highly likely…I DON’T think.

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    • David

       /  21st June 2020

      Good god. Weekend away in Auckland is postponed on the wifes orders, no way she is hopping on an AirNZ plane given the way folk are being flown around the place untested.
      They almost need to halt new arrivals until they can actually get their act together, maybe halt all releases and movements until there is sign off from someone senior.
      You just can tell there is going to be an outbreak while our PM is busy figuring out how to make a birthday cake stand up and the health minister is out on his bike.

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  11. Gezza

     /  21st June 2020

    This photo hasn’t worn well

    Hat tip RNZ, who have posted a story claiming credit to all the journos for exposing the Health Department’s omnishambles.

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