It appears that we have more cases in managed isolation from a new source: fishing crews. Interestingly, there is an issue with getting seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands into NZ to pick the fruit (they usually come for four to six months) and some of those Islands, such as Samoa, don’t have COVID.
Russia does. The new vector is replacement fishing crews and merchant seamen.
There are 25 new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, 23 are cases at the border and two are related to the port worker reported on Sunday. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says the two connected to the port worker are workplace contacts.
The first case was previously considered a casual contact of the port worker and had a very short exposure to the worker – about three minutes in the same room as them, says Dr Bloomfield.
“The new case became symptomatic yesterday, was tested yesterday and returned a positive result. They have one household contact who is now in self-isolation.”
The second case is a previously reported close contact of the port worker. Dr Bloomfield says they were already at the Jet Park quarantine facility since Sunday. They were tested on Friday as part of the routine testing at the port and returned a negative test.
They developed symptoms yesterday, took a test and now returned a positive result, says Dr Bloomfield. “His household contacts were contacts of contacts but were isolated and tested anyway, they are now considered close contacts so will complete the full 14-day self-isolation.”
“The ship the original positive case worked on in Auckland, that is now in Brisbane, is still is considered the most likely source of transmission. Tests have been taken but the results are not yet available.”
There are 19 crew members on board the ship in Brisbane.
Moving onto the other cases in managed isolation, Dr Bloomfield says there are now a total of 18 cases in the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch that have Covid-19.
The chartered flight from Moscow that stopped over in Singapore carrying Russian and Ukrainian fishing crew members had tests undertaken before the flight took off. The testing, Dr Bloomfield understands, involved the nasal swab.
Dr Bloomfield says two people were not allowed on the flight because they tested positive.
A total of 235 fishing crew members are in the Sudima Hotel which is set up just for them.
Some of the 18 cases are new, according to the results of the tests, and some are probably historical, but ongoing testing continues, says Dr Bloomfield.
“The positive cases have now been moved into a dedicated quarantine wing within the Sudima Hotel.”
Most of the people were in twin rooms, the close contacts of the 18 cases (those who were in the same room as the positive cases) are now in single rooms and the ministry is working to move all of the fishing crew into single rooms, says Dr Bloomfield.
“All of the staff working at the hotel have been tested over the last three days and additional testing will be provided.”
Dr Bloomfield says people at the airport at Christchurch are being asked to be tested, as well as the bus company that transported the fishing crew to the Sudima Hotel.
On the remaining imported cases reported today – three unrelated cases arrived from London, via Singapore, on 16 October, they tested positive on routine day three testing at their managed isolation facility in Christchurch, says Dr Bloomfield.
The port is in the North Island, an the fishing hotel with the quarantine wing in Christchurch. There has been a bit more community transmission.
Epidemiologist Sir David Skegg is concerned at the level of complacency the public and government is showing towards Covid-19 since the country reverted to alert level 1. It comes following the revelations an unknowingly infectious person visited an Auckland pub on Friday 16 October, as well as the influx of new imported and isolated cases at the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch where hundreds of members of a fishing crew are staying in managed isolation. A pop-up community testing centre was being set up in Greenhithe on Thursday for members of the public.
In the meantime, Victoria’s Premier is playing politics.
This playing politics went lethal a couple of days ago.
Do not talk to the press
Jamie Lee Ross was a bit of a weasel and cock hound who was kicked out of the National Party with good reason and then went on to form an alternative party trying to be a nationalist. See below: he was brutally taken down by the very person he was the source for.
David Farrar, who is the National Parties main poll person, comments.
What some MPs should perhaps reflect upon is that almost beyond doubt Jami-Lee was one of those leaking stories to Tova for some time. He was a source. Tova would never reveal this, but it seems pretty obvious.
There is a lesson here for MPs. You may think leaking stories to a journalist helps build a relationship and will get you a friend in the gallery. But it doesn’t. The journalist is doing their job, in cultivating you. You are useful to them. They are doing their job.
And as you see in the above interview, it doesn’t mean you get the kids glove treatment. If anything, you arguably get treated harsher.
So the lesson here, is don’t leak to journalists. If you think doing so means you will get favourable treatment in future, you are wrong.
Journalists have to find eyeballs they can market to the advertisers. They are paid either by the state (subsidies to the press to keep Kiwi Journalism going) or by those people who think they can market their products between the editorial masquerading as news.
Newshub was just picked up by the Discovery channel, and has gone full woke.
Do not talk to the press.
This could be a series, but I did not this one, and there are more out there.
So, he’s sitting on a pile of money because his wife inherited a fortune from her grandfather, and lying on behalf of Joe Biden’s campaign, falsely claiming that Trump is driving him out of business when, in fact, the problem is Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stupid policies.
Did I mention he’s a board member of the Michigan ACLU? Yeah, a rich lying Democrat, pretending to be just a struggling small businessmen.
Data point number two: the Pope wants to allow Gay Marriage. This is heresy. Sexual sin is something we h ave to fight and deal with, not celebrate. Adam, who is catholic, notes the pope ain’t part of that communion.
This is pretty bad, quite vile and almost certainly heretical. To say that God made someone gay is to declare that God purposely set someone up for sin which they would be unable to escape. To then declare that God loves you as an unrepentant sinner that glorifies and identifies with your sin casts the entire Christian religion into the dustbin.
The old throwaway line to a question with an answer obviously in the affirmative was to ask whether the pope was a Catholic. Today that is no longer accurate as the pope is most obviously not a Catholic but an imposter intent on destroying as much as he can before he departs this world into the wretched arms of his master.
Signs of Hope
The new Conservatives got 1% of the vote a couple of weeks ago. One of their movers and shakers notes that Ardern is the current standard bearer for progressivism and globalism: she has the press behind her (our press are significantly biased leftwards).
This is leaving a policy vacuum. For those who seek beauty truth and honour.
Jacinda Ardern has got at least 3-4 terms in her, probably more if she wants them. Those are the rules of the game. Labour’s economic policy isn’t that much different to Key’s, as it’s all formulated by the same bankers and bureaucrats. While there will be a day of reckoning, there’s no guarantee it will come faster under Jacinda. Labour could crash the economy, but why would they? Relative to nations hit harder and longer by the CCP Virus response, things might even look pretty good in New Zealand over the next few years. In addition, Labour would never dare touch the asset-debt bubble.
There is possibly a more “conservative” National caucus this cycle, although I have no hope they will ever promise to enact any genuinely conservative policy, let alone follow through on it once they inevitably get the chance. There could be a gem or two hidden away in ACT’s ultra-progressive caucus, but only time will tell.
We’re guaranteed to get some hate speech legislation next year and the satanic LQBTQWERTY agenda will continue on steroids. The culture wars are fun, but I doubt we’ll see any real engagement in them from National and ACT beyond generic defences of free speech (which they will lose). That’s going to leave plenty of room for New Conservative to fight the good fight.
I would add that this leaves room for the Church. Because our continuing borrowing and the idea that we can smash agriculture and industry for virtue points is a luxury we will soon be too poor to afford.
Australians can sense the relative weakness of the Kiwi economy in the prevalence of flattened vowels heard on their streets. In 2018, there were about 570,000 NewZealanders living in Australia, up from fewer than 300,000 in 1990. Migration is the unsurprising effect of an economy that generates 20 per cent less output per worker than Australia and 38 per cent less than the United States, andhas been losing ground on this front for 30 years. As Polish plumbers move to Britain and British doctors move to America, New Zealand baristas move to Oz.
For those remaining at home, however, economic stagnation has been combined with the most ferocious increase in housing costs in the world. According to The Economist, real house prices in New Zealand increased by 453 per cent from 1980-2016, far surpassing even the dramatic rises seen in Australia and Britain and leading to a dramatic wealth divide between those who own real estate and those who do not. House price inflation in New Zealand has proved resilient to relative economic decline. It has been caused by a classic combination of under-supply and over-demand. Constraints on home-building are significant, and while Kiwis have beenmoving to Australia many more folks from overseas have been moving in. Netmigration was running at about 60,000 a year in 2017 and increased to more than91,000 in the year ended March 2020
The Latin American Model of populism has not worked there, and it won’t work here. When, not if, the Social Welfare State we have had since the 1930s gets broken, the only thing left will be the true church.
Not the state sponsored, converged, false churches. A church should never, ever, accept state subsidization of their schools and ministries: he who pays the piper calls the tune.
One of the reasons that I’m holding our for an electric bike is that it means we won’t have to upgrade cars but can nurse them along. Another is that I won’t have to worry about the fact that cars are going to be regulated slower by the Green Numpties running our city into the ground.
People are split on whether the council should reduce speeds on a slew of roads around Dunedin.
Besides, if you drive that slowly you get bored and pay attention to distractions. The number of cars weaving around at the moment while their occupants are either (a) distracted by their phones (b) trying to eat or drink while driving or (c) are stoned off their gourd is considerable.
The council is proposing reducing speeds to 30kmh in the Dunedin CBD and Green Island, to 40kmh on Otago Peninsula town centre roads and to 60kmh on high-risk rural roads in Allanton, Blackhead, Brighton, Fairfield, Green Island, Halfway Bush, Highcliff, Mt Cargill, North Taieri, Ocean View, Otago Peninsula, Saddle Hill, Tomahawk, Waldronville and Westwood.
A total of 333 responses were received during a consultation period, 176 of them opposed to the plans and 144 in support of them.
Twenty-six people will speak to the council about their reasons for responding at hearings next week.
Those opposed raised various issues, including that they believed existing speed limits were safe and appropriate; the speed limits were not the issue, drivers were; and lower speeds would increase driver frustration, lead to dangerous overtaking manoeuvres or congestion and would not automatically result in lower speeds without police enforcement.
Those in favour of the reductions noted safety benefits for pedestrians and vulnerable road users, and that consistency surrounding speed limits was good.
A total of 53% were opposed to reducing the speed limit on central city and high-risk rural roads.
Regarding peninsula roads, 49% did not agree with reducing the speed limit to 40kmh.
If in doubt work out ways to get around these people.