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  #2441518 19-Mar-2020 16:55
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Geektastic: Anyone been to Queenstown recently? That place is always busy. Be interesting to know what it’s like.

 

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  #2441519 19-Mar-2020 16:55
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frednz: 

 

Yes, it may be better to "wait it out" by staying home, but I guess this could go on for many months.

 

 

No "could" about it Fred

 

ScoMo has said repeatedly that once a decision was made to close schools, they'd have to stay shut for six months.

 

'What you do, you’ve got to keep doing for the next six months,' Mr Morrison told Sky News. 'Shut them down, they won’t open again. And that means your children will miss what is effectively a whole year of their education.

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8127889/Scott-Morrison-defends-decision-not-close-schools-amid-coronavirus-pandemic.html#v-2369269743675787946

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2441520 19-Mar-2020 16:55
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frednz:

 

 

 

So to me, "too risky" means when there is a better than even chance that you're likely to get infected with the virus by interacting with other people. Have we reached that point yet, I don't think so, but the fact that in the last 2 days we have gone from 12 to 28 cases is a bit of a worry!

 

 

 

 

I wouldn't worry too much about those numbers, as we have a lot of people coming in from overseas, and a percentage of them were always going to have it. There are going to be others as well who come back from overseas that will test positive. This is why isolating them all for at least 14 days is a necessity, no exceptions, including those who sneaked in before the deadline. They also have been asked to self isolate for the balance of their time, although I am not sure why they haven't been 'required' to..


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  #2441522 19-Mar-2020 16:57
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@MileHighKiwi:

 

My dad is getting married on Saturday. Around 100 guests. The wedding is outside at a park but the reception is at his house in a marquee. I don't think he will cancel based on previous conversations. I don't think I can take my wife and kids there. 

 

 

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120413513/coronavirus-more-rules-on-mass-gatherings-from-government

 

"Those who breach the public health order could face a prison term of six months and a fine of up to $4000."





 

 

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  #2441523 19-Mar-2020 16:59
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What you do, you’ve got to keep doing for the next six months,' Mr Morrison told Sky News. 'Shut them down, they won’t open again. And that means your children will miss what is effectively a whole year of their education.

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8127889/Scott-Morrison-defends-decision-not-close-schools-amid-coronavirus-pandemic.html#v-2369269743675787946

 

 

 

 

They have now shut them in thee UK from friday https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51952314 . I am wondering if we are planning to do that, if it isn't better sooner, rather than later.

 

I am optimistic that we may get through this without a major outbreak, but it relies on everyone doing their part.


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  #2441526 19-Mar-2020 17:02
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freitasm:

 

@MileHighKiwi:

 

My dad is getting married on Saturday. Around 100 guests. The wedding is outside at a park but the reception is at his house in a marquee. I don't think he will cancel based on previous conversations. I don't think I can take my wife and kids there. 

 

 

From https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120413513/coronavirus-more-rules-on-mass-gatherings-from-government

 

"Those who breach the public health order could face a prison term of six months and a fine of up to $4000."

 

 

I wouldn't want to be in prison during this https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120383374/coronavirus-real-concerns-over-covid19s-impact-on-prisons


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  #2441527 19-Mar-2020 17:05
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cddt:

 

FineWine:

 

India is a huge anomaly here with only 156 cases and 3 deaths to date.

 

WHY❓

 

Or this a slow burning fuse 💣

 

 

 

 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/india-poor-testing-rate-masked-coronavirus-cases-200318040314568.html

 

 

 

Quite simply, they don't have the resources to provide first world style testing, tracking, and treatment. Inevitably this disease will circulate widely in undeveloped countries, and we will never know the true numbers of cases or deaths.

 

 

 

 

Lets talk about first world testing. India is screening all incoming passengers at all entry points with temperature checks and thermal scans. They have evacuated the most number if citizens and placed them in quarantine facilities to avoid going into community to stop the spread. The article you quote is never impressed with India and its efforts. Here is another article 

 

https://www.industryglobalnews24.com/-who-appreciates-india-s-efforts-in-containing-the-virus-spread

 

 

 

India went into a lockdown before a lot of western countries did and did not go with the so called self isolation which is a joke. They are not just handing out a form at the airport asking if you are ok or not and then you are in. India even stopped their citizens from Europe coming in to avoid a mass spread and advised they will be evacuated by the government. India has set up amazing quarantine facilities to help people recover. I am not saying the numbers won't go up. They definitely will but not as drastically. They closed everything including schools, colleges, malls, etc. India has handled these things before and knew what was coming their way. They were not sitting like the West waiting for it to arrive and then decide what to do. If you don't let it come in you can control it to a point. 

 

In terms of medical facilities do some research before you make a comment before you say India lacks first world facilities. 

 

Covid-19 was declared pandemic not because what happened in China but because of lack of preparedness of West to combat it. 

 

2 months ago the whole world was against China and now everyone wants to learn from them. 





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  #2441534 19-Mar-2020 17:25
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I wouldn't want to be in prison during this https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120383374/coronavirus-real-concerns-over-covid19s-impact-on-prisons



With all the talk about marriage ceremonies, I kept thinking "what's it like in prison?"

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  #2441537 19-Mar-2020 17:39
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Things are starting to get fairly severe here in the UAE. Entry for anyone who is not an Emirati national is now not possible. Today entry for residency visa holders was suspended. The authorities have also cancelled any unused visas. Lockdown seems inevitable. The good thing is other than some supermarkets running out of meat and bog roll earlier in the week panic buying has pretty much stopped and the shelves are full. We have built up a buffer of a couple of weeks of food in case we get stuck.

We have been sent home from work, which for me is fine, I regularly work from my home office and we set a second small work space up for my wife earlier this year.

Next week my wife will commence trying to teach her class via Teams. Her class is 8-9 year olds and all have iPads. It will be more interesting for my kids who are 5 and 8. I guess they will be doing worksheets which will be a bit tough for my 8 year old who is dyslexic.

Some fools have started WhatsApp rumours about the government spraying pesticides from planes to kill coronavirus. The government had to issue a statement refuting it. It really is important that rumours don't get spread like this as panic is the biggest enemy.

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  #2441538 19-Mar-2020 17:40
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My earlier graph re-plotted with a log scale shows a few interesting trends.

 

  • US still firmly in exponential growth phase
  • Italy started veering from exponential about 2 weeks ago.  News this morning said they are still waiting to see an impact of the lock-down & other measures but there does seem to be some impact, albeit still relatively small?
  • Japan possibly started veering from exponential only three days ago.  Too soon to tell if this is real or an artifact.

Re Japan:  1. The numbers plotted exclude the Diamond Princess cases; 2. Japan testing rate has been quite low and like here it is argued that the true rate is higher.  However, their current case fatality rate (~5.5% of cases confirmed 7 days ago) is significantly lower than either the US (12.9%) or Italy (23.9%); 3. Even allowing for the preceding, the figures look 'good' given the level of crowding on trains and at train stations during rush 'hour', etc.   

 

 

 




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  #2441540 19-Mar-2020 17:55
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https://www.facebook.com/terence.cheng.6678/videos/10207232122037241/

 

Singapore's border has been almost completely open since day 1 of the epidemic and then the pandemic. they are a major hub and arterial route of international air and sea travel. their city is almost fully open. yet their numbers are low.

 

according to Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan - "...this is an acid test of every single country's quality of healthcare, standard of governance and social capital. And if any one of this tripod is weak, it will be exposed and exposed quite unmercifully by this epidemic."





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  #2441541 19-Mar-2020 17:57
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mattwnz:

 

I wouldn't worry too much about those numbers, as we have a lot of people coming in from overseas, and a percentage of them were always going to have it. 

 

 

You clearly haven't walked past a major airport recently. I've been making a walk-by the last few days. 

 

Part reason Virgin stopped, and Qantas/Jetstar are suspending 20,000 staff. Noones flying.

 

You would be lucky to have 30 people on the lunchtime flight into chc today.

 

The carparks are empty. The rentals are full. And you can't even hear traffic and the rattle of case wheels

 

This was yesterday. Usually a apron with at least 4 intl. And awaiting emirates A380

 

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  #2441543 19-Mar-2020 17:58
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kingdragonfly:

With all the talk about marriage ceremonies, I kept thinking "what's it like in prison?"

 

 

 

LOL


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  #2441546 19-Mar-2020 18:06
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The New Zealand border is now closed (with exemptions) 


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  #2441548 19-Mar-2020 18:12
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MileHighKiwi:

 

I've seen 'ban' and 'advice' used regarding the '100 people' announcement. Will Police enforce this, or are we asking people to simply comply with 'advice'?

 

 

Just to mention: We had all this limits during the last 7 days. It had changed from below 5000, to below 1000, to below 100 to literally your familiy members.

 

The same is with local! travel ... it had changed drastically within a few days - I would not go anywere. Hard to accept but prevents a lot of issues later on, even outside the city limits.

 

 

 

German government has evaluated the moving patterns of mobiles (anonymously - not monitoring individuals) and can confirm the behavior of the people. Depending on that, the restrictions get even more drastically when people ignore their advice - fair enough.





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