Getting To Zero

Thought I’d update y’all on how our lockdown’s progressing, in case you’re interested. The whole country has been in lockdown for two weeks at Level 4. That’s our highest level, where we stay home in our ‘bubbles’ unless we’re essential workers. You may recall we locked down at midnight on the same day the first case was confirmed, Aug 17. Here’s how things have gone so far.

Daily new community cases since Case 1, we locked down the same day:

1, 7, 11, 11, 21, 21, 35, 41, 62, 67, 70, 82, 83, 53, And today: 49
We’ve got a little over 600 community cases that are currently ‘active’.

Two-thirds of the current cases are under 34.
Six cases are under the age of one.

So far so good, hasn’t gone exponential and the numbers are decreasing. Tonight the country south of Auckland Region will go down to Level 3. This is still extremely restrictive but now we can get takeout food on a non-contact basis – yay!

Other details:
Today, 33 people are in hospital including eight in the ICU, with two on ventilators.

“When people don’t trust their leaders, their institutions or each other, it’s much harder for them to solve the social problems that require huge collective action.” ~from: Even as New Zealand battles Covid, trust in government bucks global trend

autumn leaf of many colours, taken in Dunedin Botanic Garden on 11 May

Text and photo by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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  1. We sent you the last lot of Covid…sorry about that. The case numbers rise, now up to 1000 + a day and we’re told October will be the worst time. I hate to think what it will be like by then. Lockdown isn’t so bad for us retired people, but for our kids in the city it’s pretty dire.

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      1. And we have spring blossom! I haven’t been out walking to check on the daffodils, should do that asap. Gotta go out to the medical centre anyway to get our 2nd shots today assuming our bookings still stand. ~Ha, just remembered today is our first day of spring 01 September 🙂

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    1. I can’t even begin to tell you how the situation in the US grieves me. This latest thing with Ida in Louisiana especially grieves me, in all sorts of ways, but with the already-present Covid complicating everything. So many ordinary people caught up in bad stuff they personally have little control over. Please take care and stay safe Steve.

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