No active Covid cases in most districts

The Covid numbers are barely changing day to day now (that’s a good thing), but yesterday a milestone for the Southern DHB was reached – zero active cases.

There are now only 30 active cases in the whole country, and that’s in just five districts. Not only have most districts have ni active cases, they have had no new cases for a month.

The stringent lockdowns have effectively served a purpose.

Total cases by DHB, as at 9.00 am, 21 May 2020
DHB Active Recovered Deceased Total Change in last 24 hours
Auckland 3 174 177 0
Bay of Plenty 0 47 47 0
Canterbury 3 149 12 164 0
Capital and Coast 0 93 2 95 0
Counties Manukau 3 129 132 0
Hawke’s Bay 5 39 44 0
Hutt Valley 0 20 20 0
Lakes 0 16 16 0
Mid Central 0 32 32 0
Nelson Marlborough 1 48 49 0
Northland 0 28 28 0
South Canterbury 0 17 17 0
Southern 0 214 2 216 0
Tairāwhiti 0 4 4 0
Taranaki 0 16 16 0
Waikato 1 186 1 188 0
Wairarapa 0 8 8 0
Waitematā 14 219 3 236 0
West Coast 0 4 1 5 0
Whanganui 0 9 9 0
Total 30 1452 21 1503 0

There is still a lot of testing being done:

Lab testing for COVID-19 as at 9.00 am 21 May
Tests Date
Total tested yesterday 6,113 20 May 2020
7-day rolling average 5,032 14 May to 20 May 2020
Total tested to date 244,838 22 January to 20 May 2020
Supplies in stock 193,211 21 May 2020

So a lot of testing and no new cases most days now.

Unless there is a significant reversal in current trends we must be looking likely to drop to level 1 next week.

And if that happens hopefully Dunedin wil have the silly dots removed and cars on the main street will again be able to legally travel as fast as pedestrians and scooters on the footpaths. There have been a lot of Complaints over George St changes

Dropping the already low limit from 30 kph to 10 kph means that cars will be on the street for at least twice as long.

And there are serious concerns about encouraging children to play on the street.