New Zealand’s COVID outbreak swells

The New Zealand Ministry of Health today reported another 41 new cases of COVID-19 in the community bringing the total number of locally acquired cases to 148:

The total number of community cases in Auckland is now 137 and 11 in Wellington.

Yesterday, Auckland’s lockdown was extended for a further week until 11:59pm on Tuesday 31 August. The rest of the country will remain in lockdown until 11:59pm on Friday.

Delta is proving near impossible to control.

Unconventional Economist


  1. Covid/contagious respiratory viruses are impossible to control. As warned by Sweden and our pre pandemic plan.

  2. Zero COVID is a pipe-dream. Only a matter of time before it runs in WA/QLD/SA.

    Keep cheap, effective measures in place (density limits, masks) and GTFO of people’s lives.

  3. Cases under investigation: 0

    That’s the key detail if you’re going to contain a cluster.

    They know who the infected persons are and have traced them.

    The Delta cluster on Sydney’s Northern Beaches was contained earlier in the year, as was the recent outbreak in Brisbane.

  4. Hugh PavletichMEMBER

    New Zealand: When does the kind, caring and truthful Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern intend to (just) ALLOW new affordable housing to be built … as it was a generation ago ? …

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

    … concluding …

    … However, reaching the Promised Land can’t be delayed forever. The poor will always be with us, as Jesus said, but no one would have imagined in 2017 — when Ardern promised her “transformational” policies would wash away tears — that by 2021 so many more would have joined their ranks.

    Eventually her adherents — no matter how fervently they believe in their leader’s righteousness — will come to see that the fabled destination will always remain out of reach. They are steadily drifting away as it becomes more and more apparent her Government is seriously incompetent in battling the scourges that afflict New Zealand — including overburdened infrastructure, crippling house prices and children living in poverty.

    While the most recent polls showed support moving to National and Act, the outbreak of Delta may have tipped polling figures more in her favour again, if only temporarily. Certainly, she will be hoping that the revival of her 1pm briefings on Covid from the “podium of truth” — where she can reprise her role as New Zealand’s saviour — will reverse the decline.

    However, it looks like it will be a much harder sell than last year. As (Opposition National Party)Judith Collins said, echoing a widespread sentiment: “It is not enough for the Prime Minister to lock us in our homes and speak from the podium once a day. New Zealanders don’t need sermons — we need vaccines in arms right now.”
    … Why did the kind, caring and truthful Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern allow this housing catastrophe to happen ? …

    … New Zealand’s housing market overall is a hyperinflating circus …

    Houston we have a problem … Kiwiblog

    July 2021 Report – Real Estate Institute of New Zealand

    … No doubt the Human Rights Commission would be interested in learning when affordable new housing is allowed to be built again … as it was for earlier generations …

    Human Rights Commission to launch national inquiry into housing crisis … Human Rights Commissioer Hunt with Duncan Garner VIDEO … Mark Quinlivan … Newshub

  5. Hugh PavletichMEMBER

    Covid-19: Australian PM slams NZ’s approach, hits back at state opposition to Covid-normal … Stuff NZ

    The cracks appearing in Jacinda Ardern’s ‘fortress New Zealand’ … Louis Ashworth … UK Telegraph

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

  6. Hugh PavletichMEMBER

    Covid Pfizer FDA Approval … Expect vaccination mandates to become widespread …

    … For example … if you want to cruise, you must be vaccinated now. …

    … Others will quickly follow …

    “The Time Has Come. Enough Is Enough” – Fauci Dismisses “Freedom” In Call For Vaccine Mandates … Zerohedge

    Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News,

    After the FDA fully approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine, Anthony Fauci immediately issued a decree via his permanent CNN propaganda platform that it is time for nationwide vaccine mandates. … view and read more via hyperlink above …