COVID runs riot through Auckland, lockdown extended

New Zealand has recorded another 70 locally acquired COVID cases taking total active community cases to 347:

All of today’s cases were in Auckland.

The total number of community cases in Auckland is now 333 and in Wellington it is 14.

There are 278 cases that have been epidemiologically-linked to another case or sub-cluster, and a further 69 for which links are yet to be fully established.

New Zealand has been in a strict lockdown since 18 August. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today announced that level 4 lockdown will be extended until 11:59pm on Tuesday, after which time all of New Zealand south of Auckland will move to Level 3.

Auckland and Northland will remain at Level 4 after Tuesday – possibly for another two weeks.

Unconventional Economist


  1. Hugh PavletichMEMBER

    Update … Covid accelerated Working from home / remote working …

    The Hybrid Work Revolution Is Already Transforming Economies … Libby Cheery … Bloomberg

    Office workers are being set free. Experts say that offers a rare opportunity to kickstart sluggish economies.

    Even in the 19th century, workers were beginning to resent the grind of office life.

    “You don’t know how wearisome it is to breathe the air of four pent walls without relief, day after day,” British essayist Charles Lamb wrote in a letter to poet William Wordsworth back in 1822, railing against his toil in the East India Company’s office in Leadenhall Street, London.

    For the last 17 months, however, Lamb’s modern successors have mostly worked from home, liberated from what he termed “official confinement.” Today’s white-collar staff are living through a radical transformation of professional life, one economists say is already beginning to jump-start economic productivity and accelerate innovation. … read more via hyperlink above …
    Nicola Alpe: How to avoid Zoom fatigue when working from home … Nicola Alpe … New Zealand Herald

    Why Companies Should Let Employees Work From Home Permanently, According To One Remote Worker … Peter O’Dowd and Allison Hagan … Whur Org

    Councils (Local Government) adapting to working from home … Molly Houseman and Andrew Marshall … Otago Daily Times NZ

    • I am sitting in my dingy little office, where a stingy
      Ray of sunlight struggles feebly down between the houses tall,
      And the foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty city
      Through the open window floating, spreads its foulness over all.

      And I somehow rather fancy that I’d like to change with Clancy,
      Like to take a turn at droving where the seasons come and go,
      While he faced the round eternal of the cash-book and the journal —
      But I doubt he’d suit the office, Clancy, of ‘The Overflow’.

  2. Getting a ‘jab’ so we can go back to normal is the funniest thing I keep hearing. People obviously don’t look around the world and see what’s going on in the UK and US. Talk about thick.

  3. Hugh PavletichMEMBER

    … and don’t forget the Covid Vaccine Blockers … the health hacks with clipboards going on power trips …

    COVID-19: Some GP clinics waiting a month for permission to start vaccinating … Michael Morrah … Newshub

    Newshub can reveal some GP clinics are waiting a month for permission to start vaccinating their patients, with doctors saying bureaucrats with clipboards are frustrating the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. … view and read more via hyperlink above …

  4. reusachtigeMEMBER

    When will Kiwis fight back against their sick commie totalitarian state? You can’t even order in from your favourite 3 hatted restaurant!

  5. Hugh PavletichMEMBER

    Vaccine stocks dwindle as cases mount …

    … A tsunami of public administration failures … where is the accountability ?

    Covid-19: Government plans to stretch out Pfizer stock as Delta cases mount … Stuff NZ

    The Government is working on a plan to eke out Pfizer vaccine doses between deliveries, as demand for jabs threatens to outstrip supply. … read more via hyperlink above …

    Covid-19 Minister on vaccine supply for students, lockdown borders, hospitalisations
    … Radio New Zealand

    Graham Adams OPINION: Is Jacinda Ardern the Messiah? Or just a very crafty politician? … New Zealand Herald

    Failings that were foreseeable and unforgivable let Delta loose … OPINION Andea Vance … Stuff New Zealand

  6. Hugh PavletichMEMBER

    Update … New Zealand: Vaccine stocks dwindle as Delta cases mount …

    … Are New Zealand public hospitals really capable of coping with a covid load ? …

    … What is the state of New Zealand public hospitals in comparison with those in Australia ? …

    Covid-19 NZ: Are ICUs really in better shape than they were pre-pandemic? … Rachel Thomas … Stuff New Zealand

    Aotearoa enjoyed more than 470 days without a level 4 lockdown. Did the Government use that time well or did it squander it? As the country endures ongoing restrictions, Stuff examines how well the Government prepared for the rising tide of Covid-19.

    Last Thursday – two days after a community Covid-19 case catapulted the country into its second nationwide level 4 lockdown – Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, was asked if intensive care units could cope with the Delta outbreak.

    “We don’t have any concerns at the moment, but since the outbreak last year, our ICUs have had readiness plans,” he replied.

    But, since March last year, has New Zealand’s baseline specialist workforce and woefully low ICU bed capacity – among the lowest per person in the developed world – actually increased? The short answer is, well, no, but it’s a little more nuanced than that.

    Staffing-wise, we have the same number of ICU specialist doctors and nurses than we did before the pandemic and these specialists have gone on record to say they would be overwhelmed in a widespread outbreak, and would run out of staff long before they ran out of equipment. … read more via hyperlink above …

  7. Hugh PavletichMEMBER

    … and what lessons are being learnt from Denmark … with its population of 5.8 million and 73% vaccination rate ? …

    Covid-19: Dangerous time for Labour as cracks in the plan start to show … Janet Wilson OPINION … Stuff New Zealand

    Covid-19: Jacinda Ardern and the last lockdown … Luke Malpass OPINION … Stuff New Zealand

    … and what lessons are being learnt from Denmark … with its population of 5.8 million and 73% vaccination rate ? …

    Denmark to lift all remaining Covid restrictions on 10 September … John Henley … The Guardian

    Denmark To Scrap All Covid-19 Restrictions … Zerohedge