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8:09 am, April 21st, 2020 - 77 comments
Categories: Economy, health, health and safety, jacinda ardern, making shit up, Media, national, same old national, Simon Bridges, social media lolz, spin, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: covid-19, Covid19
Yesterday was Jacinda’s day. She obviously thrashed things through cabinet and despite some muscling up by NZ First she managed to get an extension of level 4 lockdown for another week.
It is not as long as some of us would have wanted. For me I would have been happy for a longer period of time but if the current trend continues and we get down to pretty well no new infections then all good. Given that today the briefing suggested all new cases probably came from infections two to three weeks ago we should be close to experiencing the level 4 lockdown norm.
And with the local reinfection rate currently at about 0.5 the number should continue to taper off.
My sense is that there is overwhelming support for the general direction the Government is taking. But Simon Bridges was having nothing of this.
On facebook he posted this comment:
The decision for New Zealand to stay locked down in Level 4 shows the Government hasnʼt done the groundwork required to have us ready.
The public has done a great job of self-isolating and social distancing. The entire country has made huge sacrifices to ensure the four week lockdown was effective.
Unfortunately the Government hasnʼt done enough and isnʼt ready by its own standards and rhetoric.
New Zealand is being held back because the Government has not used this time to ensure best practice of testing and tracing and the availability of PPE hasnʼt been at the standard it should have been.
The rate of testing for the first half of lockdown was low, work has only just begun on surveillance testing to confirm whether community transmission is occurring. Tracing is the biggest challenge and experts have identified major shortcomings in the methods being used by the Government.
This is a real shame as businesses will suffer further damage and that will lead to poor health outcomes as a result of the huge stress this will cause for a lot of people.
Rapid and easily accessible testing for workers with symptoms will be essential to give small businesses the confidence needed to get back to work.
Iʼm sure many Kiwis feel frustration that we still canʼt do many things Australians have done through the entire lockdown period, at great cost in terms of jobs and livelihoods, with similar health outcomes.
I now worry that the harm of staying in lockdown will be greater than if we were to come out. We will no doubt see a rise in mental health problems and stress related illnesses.
I also have real concerns about the delay in healthcare for some people, like cancer treatment, screening and thousands of operations across the country.
New Zealanders can be proud of the sacrifices they have made during this difficult time. The Government must now move as fast as it can to sort out the issues with tracing, testing and PPE so we can get our country moving again.
The comments that were made in response were a wonder to behold. Reading them brought a grin to this jaundiced lefty’s dial.
His comment about cancer screening received a supportive comment claiming that all specialist appointments, diagnostic screening and treatment are being denied to people recently diagnosed with cancer. It received scathing responses like these:
I work in one of the tertiary cancer specialties at one of the major hospitals in the country and can confirm I have seen MULTIPLE patients receive new cancer diagnoses, after seeing their GPs and being appropriately referred to our service.
There are lots more. Read them at your leisure and celebrate the good will and logic that most people have brought to this issue and scratch your head at the tone deafness shown by the leader of the opposition.
And the Facebook ratio for Bridges’ post is phenomenal, the likes of which I don’t think I have ever seen. The ratio says it all.
National has been reduced to saying that Labour got it wrong because Aussies can get a haircut and a take out coffee. And that cancer treatments have been affected. Shame on them.
When you look at the devastation that has been caused to China, Europe, the UK and especially the US criticising Ardern is a high rick tactic that is bound to fail. Especially with daily new infections being in single figures and trending downwards.
The Government’s steps have clearly stopped the surge and reduced infections to a position where eradication is a possibility. The country overwhelmingly supports the Government’s actions and are taking pride that we are not seeing the sort of devastation occurring throughout the world in New Zealand. Bridges would have been better to have continued to constructively engage in refining the response.
Oh to be a fly on the wall of the next National Caucus Zoom meeting.