I missed the moment to post the rumour a couple of days ago, that 3 days was going to be extended to 5 weeks, i.e. let’s see how long the “initial” lasts - but that sure is a contrast to a rather strange looking headline from spook central yesterday:
New Zealand says it has solved Covid outbreak ‘puzzle’
New Zealand has reported a breakthrough in tracing the source of a Covid-19 outbreak that plunged the nation into lockdown, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying it should help “stamp out” the virus.
Health officials have been trying to determine how an Auckland man contracted the coronavirus this week, ending a six-month run of no community cases in New Zealand.
Tests showed the man had a version of the Delta strain found in Australia, and Ms Ardern said investigations narrowed down the origin to a person who arrived from Sydney on 7 August.
She said the traveller had been in quarantine and hospital since touching down, indicating the virus had not been in the community as long as initially feared.
“We believe we have uncovered the piece of the puzzle we were looking for,” Ms Ardern told reporters.
She said finding the outbreak’s source also increased the “ability to circle the virus, lock it down and stamp it out”.
Case numbers grew by 11 overnight to a total of 21, she said.
Ms Ardern ordered a three-day national lockdown - New Zealand’s first in 15 months - when the first case emerged on Tuesday, with Auckland and nearby Coromandel facing restrictions for a week.
Here is a weird mis-match between yesterdays coverage and todays from spook central:
Only about 23% of its 5 million people have been fully vaccinated so far, the lowest rate among the 38 members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Todays’ spooky report:
Just about 19% of the country’s 5.1 million population has been fully vaccinated so far, the slowest among OECD nations.
Where did that 4% disappear to, and what of the 100,000 people!?
If it’s just a case of bad reporting, then, once more another example of how nothing of the figure launched at people day in day out are to be trusted.