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Threat to South will increase with release of Aucklanders

The Editor,  The Press,  Christchurch

16/09/2020

There is irony in the move to Level 1 in the South at the same time as Level 2 will let the Aucklander’s loose into the South.  The threat of transmitting Covid-19 will actually increase for the South. Read the rest of this entry »


Irony in move to Level One

There is irony in the move to Level 1 in the South at the same time as Level 2 will let the Aucklander’s loose into the South.  The threat of transmitting Covid-19 will actually increase for the South.  100,000 plane tickets sold in Auckland in two hours after removal of the the need to distance on planes, trains, and busses is a startling change in movement of people which means a big change in the chance of the virus being carried around.  Look at how the virus went global so widely and so fast:  plane travel.   So called criticisms of government ‘fear mongering’ are actually open attempts by those critics to display their ignorance of the virus.  By now it is clear that the worlds of the humans and the viruses are different.  The unknowns about the spread, deadliness, and the long term effects, as well as the unknowns about vaccines, are still too potentially devastating.  As time goes by virus experts in the health field are learning more and their advice is paramount.  Interesting that Dr Bloomfield and PM Ardern have for the first time expressed differences of opinion during this phase.


Too many unreliable outbursts

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

24/08/2020

The only thing we can rely upon is the advice (sometimes differing) of the health experts. Read the rest of this entry »


Virus ignorance has led to a major shakeup in NZ politics

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

17/07/2020

 

There was a similarity between the demise of the Nats’ Hamish Walker and that of Labour’s David Clark.  In both cases, they have been downed by a serious flaw in the approach to the virus by their respective party leaderships. Read the rest of this entry »


Clark and Walker done in by ignored political party shortcomings

The Editor,  The Herald,  Auckland

09/07/2020

It seems there is one similarity between the demise of the Nats’ Hamish Walker and that of Labour’s David Clark.  In both cases, they have been downed by a serious flaw in the approach to the virus by their respective party leaderships. Read the rest of this entry »


Opposition (+) reveals impatience and shallowness, but government must take some responsibility for that

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

25/06/2020

It should be no surprize there are teething problems with the virus border control processes.  Read the rest of this entry »


“Military intelligence is an oxymoron”, especially in the virus world.

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

22/06/2020

“Military intelligence” is an oxymoron.  Read the rest of this entry »


New coronavirus cases not surprising – government knows it

From the very beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic in Aotearoa/New Zealand the government had focused on getting all 5 million of us to commit to Level 4 lockdown.   They did not tell us they were not going to do enough testing to be sure they knew the extent of community transmission.  It worked through Level 4.  But then the quick movement through the other Levels engendered some complacency and a lot of impatience amongst many of the 5 million.

Things were happening so quickly at the start that there was some inevitable looseness (“self isolation” is loose) but we managed to prevent devastating spread which other countries have had no chance with.  But this was also because we are a small outlying island which had fewer borders for the virus to be brought in over.  The lack of dedication to protocols evident in the current case of the two over from the UK and not tested is a sign of this impatience within a traditional feeling of moat-like isolation.  This may not be surprizing but the government could have told us early on they would not be testing enough to have confidence in knowledge of community transmission.  Likely there would be less impatience now.


Just got a little more dangerous in New Zealand

In looking past the move to Level 1 response to the novel coronavirus, I was expecting New Zealand to reach the next dangerous moment when incoming international travel resumed, probably from Australia first. Read the rest of this entry »


Coronavirus in the USA: state of Masschusetts – versus – the federal government in Washington

From a special investigative report entitled “The virus’s tale” in the Boston Globe (31/05/2020) on the spread of the novel coronavirus in Massachusetts, this paragraph on attempts to get supplies of safety gear from China toward the end of March:

By Evan Allen, Bob Hohler, and Neil Swidey
May 30, 2020

Coronavirus

Three times the state ordered massive shipments, only for federal agencies to divert them elsewhere. When (Governor) Baker finally managed to broker an arrangement with the owners of the Patriots (gridiron team) to deliver a major shipment from China, his staff instructed the National Guard and State Police to block any federal attempt to seize the shipment when the plane landed at Logan (airport).  And once the supplies were secure, the governor stood on the tarmac, choking back tears of exhaustion and relief.

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