Covid update here and around the globe

Teddy bears are finding their way back onto window ledges as NZ enters Day 5 of lockdown. Photo: SunLive

About 10,000 people across the country are considered possible contacts of confirmed Covid-19 cases after the virus reappeared in the community.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health announced it was investigating a confirmed case of Covid-19 in Auckland and by midnight, the entire country was in alert level 4 lockdown.
By Saturday, cases connected to the community cluster had risen to 51 and more are expected.
There are about 200 locations of interest including well-populated areas such as universities, schools, shopping malls, supermarkets and SkyCity casino. This puts possible contacts of confirmed cases at about 10,000, officials say.
People flocking to testing centres, mostly in Auckland, have caused significant delays with some people waiting in their cars for upwards of 10 hours to be swabbed - only to be turned away and told to come back the next day.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s lack of lockdown fatigue compared to other countries will be contributing to a largely compliant population, says epidemiologist Michael Baker.
However, police have still received 3318 breach notifications, including 105 online notifications.
Seventeen people had been charged with 20 offences, nationwide.
Global toll
Globally, Covid-19 cases have passed 211.2 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Global deaths have exceeded 4.4 million, while more than 4.89 billion doses of vaccine have been administered.
The United States has been hit hardest by the virus, with 37.6 million cases and 626,220 deaths.
India’s second surge continues with 32.3 million cases and 433,960 deaths reported.
Brazil has 20.5 million confirmed cases, with 573,511 Covid-related deaths reported.
What should I do?
Anyone who is a close contact or has cold/flu symptoms can find their local testing centres by visiting the Ministry of Health website.
If you are sick, call your GP before you visit, or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
To avoid contracting and spreading the virus, wash your hands properly, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow and throw tissues away immediately.
Reach out, find support from people who care, connect with your community or help a neighbour in need.

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Posted on 23-08-2021 14:06 | By morepork

No, despite the popular cliche, statistics CANNOT say ANYTHING you want. They can certainly be spun, and the base data can be doctored to suit a particular purpose, but a trained evaluator can detect this (unless, of course, base data has actually been removed...) and, at the end of the day, the numbers generally don’t lie. What we are seeing world wide is a particularly virulent and devastating pandemic, no matter how you slice and dice the numbers. Here in NZ, we have made some poor decisions and we have been very lucky, but some good decisions have also been made and, if hard work counts for anything, then we deserve the luck we have been having.

Gumboots not Teddys

Posted on 23-08-2021 07:32 | By

Teddys are making way for Gumboots this time around for awareness of teen suicide

Well and truly

Posted on 22-08-2021 17:24 | By Angel74

over the talk of covid i want my feedom back and cant wait to get back to work!!

Infection rates

Posted on 22-08-2021 16:04 | By

The comment that the US has been hardest hit is partly a function of its population size. I would use infection and death rate per million population. Peru is the worst at over 5,904 deaths per million. US & UK are just under 2,000. And of course, many deaths in 3rd world countries are not reported as they did not get to see a hospital. Also, like HIV, Covid can accelerate a person’s death by another cause, like a heart attack. Statistics can say anything you want if you twist them.