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Daily review 29/10/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, October 29th, 2021 - 31 comments
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31 comments on “Daily review 29/10/2021 ”

  1. gsays 1

    It breaks yr heart seeing people treated like this.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/business/454511/multiple-leaks-black-mould-landlord-to-pay-tenant-after-child-falls-sick-in-rental-property

    I would like to go one further, if the Stockers have another property, here or in Oz, they forfeit this one and the title is transferred to the tenants.

  2. Fireblade 2

    Two new Covid cases in Northland this evening and a person in Tonga has tested positive after flying from Christchurch on Wednesday.

    https://www.health.govt.nz/news-media/media-releases/two-new-cases-northland-reports-possible-positive-results-tongan-returnee

  3. chris T 4

    Far out. Not sure how true

    But wouldn't surprise me atm tbh

    https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/heather-du-plessis-allan-drive/audio/chris-bishop-national-covid-response-spokesperson-on-an-miq-facility-that-had-only-one-guest-in-it/

    "MIQ hotel had just one guest in the past week, leaving 100 rooms empty

    Capacity has been the main issue in our MIQ system.

    So it’s hard to fathom that last week, there was just one person who stayed at a Wellington MIQ facility.

    101 rooms at the Grand Mercure were sitting empty whilst up to 50 staff at the facility were looking after the one person.

    National Covid Response Spokesperson Chris Bishop told Heather du Plessis-Allan it’s like Fawlty Towers, except it’s not funny, it’s ridiculous.

    “You got tens of thousands of people offshore, Kiwis wanting to come home for family emergencies, for funerals, for births, deaths, weddings and can’t get in because they've got to play the MIQ lottery.”

    • Pingao 4.1

      Could it be because no one else in Wellington needs to be in MIQ for now? That is a good thing surely.

      Don't worry I'm sure COVID-19 will come to the region soon and the hotel will fill up.

    • Treetop 4.2

      I do think that the health system needs to have the capacity to be able to care for those in MIQ.

      The country is bracing for a nation wide Covid outbreak and all Bishop can say is bring more people in.

      I doubt 50 personnel are looking after 1 person. Maybe they are having some down time to recharge before the unpredictable occurs.

      National needs to learn that Covid is unpredictable and that there is uncertainty. Full throttle is not the way to go.

  4. Patricia Bremner 5

    Could be for cleaning, aircon checks or staff shortage as more community cases. I'm sure it is not to annoy those waiting. Could be ready for refurbishing? …??

    A thought. Perhaps this one person has a dangerous variant? Did Chris ask?

    • Graeme 5.1

      Also the cohort system they run in them now to reduce transmission. Quite conceivable that the cohort reduced to one person at the end.

      • chris T 5.1.1

        How is it conceivable? Sorry, but that is a bit of a stretch.

        • Graeme 5.1.1.1

          A cohort of say 100 people go into the MIQ facility over a 96 hr window, and stay there until they have the required covid free tests. The facility doesn't receive another intake until the last person from the previous cohort has left and the place has been cleaned.

          If someone arrives right at the end of the 96hr window, and most arrived at the start, or there's been a potential exposure event, it's quite conceivable that a facility could end up with just one person in it at the end of a cohort.

          https://www.miq.govt.nz/about/media-centre/common-topics-for-media-questions/cohorting/

    • chris T 5.2

      Or they could just be making a hash of it.

      • alwyn 5.2.1

        Yes, a variant of Hanlon's razor would seem to be the most likely cause.

        "Don't ascribe to malice what can be plainly explained by incompetence."

        Applicable if you just replace malice by a more neutral term.

    • Fireblade 5.3

      From Newshub:

      The cohorting system for managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) was introduced at the end of April to reduce the risk of in-facility transmission.

      A spokesperson for MIQ confirmed to Newshub that, because of the cohorting system, just one person was staying at the Grand Mercure in Wellington earlier this week.

      "Other guests have not been staying at this facility to maintain the cohorting system between incoming and arriving guests," the spokesperson said.

      "The last cohort of 65 returnees left on October 21. The next cohort of 105 returnees arrived yesterday, October 28."

      The Grand Mercure MIQ has 89 isolation rooms and 13 quarantine rooms. However, from May to early October, capacity was halved while maintenance work was carried out on the facility's ventilation systems, the spokesperson said.

      https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2021/10/covid-19-wellington-s-grand-mercure-managed-isolation-miq-facility-has-just-one-guest.html

      • alwyn 5.3.1

        And I bet you believe every word of this. In that case why did everyone else in the cohort except one finish their two weeks on the 21st but he didn't until the 28th?

        • Patricia Bremner 5.3.1.1

          Perhaps he? tested positive day 12 of the period.? Would need to be there another 9 days 10 days? Lots of reasons.

        • Fireblade 5.3.1.2

          Alwyn, Zane Small is a credible journalist, so I accept his report. As to why one person was there on his own, I don't know. There could be medical or personal reasons involved. Why don't you speak to the MIQ facility if you are genuinely concerned.

  5. joe90 6

    Fun fact: Neo worked for respectable software company Metacortex.

    The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us, even now in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes; it is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

    Morpheus to Neo

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/oct/28/facebook-name-change-rebrand-meta

  6. Treetop 7

    When the Grand Mercure is filled up Bishop will be saying that more rooms are required.

    It is an awful time to be in government, the opposition's impatience is unhelpful.

    • Patricia Bremner 7.1

      Bishop has taken over from Bridges, "Yap Yap Yap"

    • chris T 7.2

      I am sure everyone trying to get in will be glad to hear your sympathy

      • Robert Guyton 7.2.1

        You're quite the sour grape these days, chris T!

      • Treetop 7.2.2

        Your comment is as valid as any other person's comment.

        I am not unsympathetic to anyone who has an urgency to return or to need to travel initially. There is a pandemic on and people do not have the entitlement to return unless they can secure an MIQ room.

        Put another way the health system makes you wait for capacity. A specialist consult usually the criteria is 1 – 4 weeks urgent, semi urgent 4 weeks – 4 months and routine 4 months – 6 months. Some people do not even make it on the routine list and are told go back to their GP. These time frames are pre pandemic. I do have sympathy for those who are unwell when it comes to the health system. The pandemic is worse for those who are in the hospital system, (under the care of a specialist/s).

    • Lilman 7.3

      Your kidding, they are doing their job.

  7. chris T 8

    End of the Day Covid can't be that big a deal or they wouldn't still be so fixated with 3 waters and would hold off

    • Patricia Bremner 8.1

      Like …for another 50 years? Lord knows the beaches round Auckland would be total cesspools by then.

    • mac1 8.2

      It's called multi-tasking, Chris T, a concept I am told that we males have some difficulty with.

      As for 'fixated'. I'd say 'determined' and also 'proactive', 'reforming' and 'courageous'.

      A different style of government from determining policy on acceptability, based on focus group consultations.

    • Robert Guyton 8.3

      The "paralysis" clause – nice, christ!

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