More good news from New Zealand (my yesterday update which also showed good numbers seems to be deleted apparently):
- Total cases 1210 (+50) 26 Confirmed, 24 Probable
- In Hospital 12 (+0)
- In ICU 4 (+0) 2 of those are critical
- Recovered 282 (+41)
- Deaths 1 (+0)
This is a 4% case increase on the previous day, despite substantially more people being tested. Only downside is that unlike yesterday, the number of people recovering isn't outweighing the number of new cases.
Nice article in WaPo:
It has been less than two weeks since New Zealand imposed a coronavirus lockdown so strict that swimming at the beach and hunting in bushland were banned. They’re not essential activities, plus we have been told not to do anything that could divert emergency services’ resources.
People have been walking and biking strictly in their neighborhoods; lining up six feet apart outside grocery stores while waiting to go one in, one out; and joining swaths of the world in discovering the vagaries of home schooling.
It took only 10 days for signs that the approach here — “elimination” rather than the “containment” goal of the United States and other Western countries — is working.
The number of new cases has fallen for two consecutive days, despite a huge increase in testing, with 54 confirmed or probable cases reported Tuesday. That means the number of people who have recovered, 65, exceeds the number of daily infections.
“The signs are promising,” Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand’s director general of health, said Tuesday.
The speedy results have led to calls to ease the lockdown, even a little, for the four-day Easter holiday, especially as summer lingers on.
But Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is adamant that New Zealand will complete four weeks of lockdown — two full 14-day incubation cycles — before letting up. She has, however, given the Easter Bunny special dispensation to work this weekend.
But with the coronavirus tearing through Italy and spreading in the United States, this heavily tourism-reliant country — it gets about 4 million international visitors a year, almost as many as its total population — did the previously unthinkable: It shut its borders to foreigners March 19.
Two days later, Ardern delivered a televised address from her office — the first time since 1982 that an Oval Office-style speech had been given — announcing a coronavirus response alert plan involving four stages, with a full lockdown being Level 4.
On March 23, a Monday, Ardern delivered another statement and gave the country 48 hours to prepare for a Level 4 lockdown. “We currently have 102 cases,” she said. “But so did Italy once.”
From that Wednesday night, everyone had to stay at home for four weeks unless they worked in an essential job, such as health care, or were going to the supermarket or exercising near their home.
A few hours before midnight, my phone sounded a siren as it delivered a text alert: “Act as if you have COVID-19. This will save lives,” it said, referring to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. “Let’s all do our bit to unite against COVID-19.”
But there has been a sense of collective purpose. The police phone line for nonemergencies has been overwhelmed with people calling to “dob in,” as we say here, reporting others they think are breaching the rules.
After peaking at 89 on April 2, the daily number of new cases ticked down to 67 on Monday and 54 on Tuesday. The vast majority of cases can be linked to international travel, making contact tracing relatively easy, and many are consolidated into identifiable clusters.
Because there is little evidence of community transmission, New Zealand does not have huge numbers of people overwhelming hospitals. Only one person, an elderly woman with existing health problems, has died.
Quite simply, aggressive proactive action works.https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/as ... utType=amp
I know many in these forums don't really know first hand the economic issues people are dealing right now. There are thousands going hungry because they haven't got a job. Then you got others who need to pay their living expenses, then their bills. This is what's happening right now, real time. Lets be a bit considerate of those. Thankfully for me I am not in that situation, but its very selfish to think that if I am doing good the others are too, when clearly it is not.
Well, to defer to a right wing talking point, I guess they should have built up some savings for a rainy day, shouldn't they? I did.
Well that's all the scientific proof anyone needs. If Fox says it works, it's good enough. Wagons roll....
We should probably give him the Nobel Prize for Medicine, right?
I just find it hilarious that we're only talking about this because a very weak president is trying desperately to sound smart.
just like you seem to be hell bend to kill as many US citizens as Covid possibly can, hence your constant push to get misinformation out.
Funny how the far right will do this and then turn around and claim to be Pro-Life.
Well shit, maybe Donald isn't a medical genius after all! Colour me surprised.