The Minister of Health, David Clark, is Minister in name only, the oversight of border controls has been passed to the military and another Minister, Megan Woods, but it’s still an omnishambles.
A friend arrived in New Zealand 11 days ago, she still hasn’t had a test for the virus.
She has asked for one, as have others on her flight who are at the same isolation hotel. None of them has been given one and none has been told when they’ll get one even though everyone is supposed to be tested on days three and 11.
She said her hotel is probably one of the better ones for protocols with social distancing but new intakes are arriving each day so even if everyone is careful about social distancing, there’s a heightened risk of arrivals from different cohorts infecting those who’ve been there longer.
She’s in Auckland but a friend of hers was one of those who was put on a bus and only when they were well on the way were they told they were going to Rotorua.
Were those in control scared of a revolt if they announced the destination earlier?
If there is not enough accommodation for isolation and quarantine in Auckland people have to go somewhere else but surely they should be told where they’re going, especially if they’ll be on a bus for four hours as those going to Rotorua were.
There is a health risk for people sitting still on a long flight that is exacerbated if it’s followed by sitting still for a long time soon after. Several years ago a friend flew from New Zealand to London then drove three hours, got deep vein thrombosis and died as a result.
I supposed we should be grateful that even though everyone is still not getting tested on days three and 11, more people are being tested before they leave isolation and tests are catching people.
There’s been at least one more case since yesterday’s announcement of two more cases:
That makes eight cases caught in the past few days.
Had it not been for the agitation from National MPs and the media at least some of these people could well have been leaving isolation without a test.
. . .The management of people arriving at the border has cost the government $81 million so far.
That’s a lot of money to spend on a sieve when you needed – and thought you were buying – a top-quality bucket. . .
We can’t know how many people with the disease have slipped through the sieve, but if there have been eight cases detected among people coming in from overseas in less than a week, is it possible there were absolutely no cases among all those people who have come into the country and not been tested in the past couple of months?
More than 200 people a day for a couple of months is a very big number to have no infections.
Given how rife the disease is overseas, it is almost impossible that there has been not been people with the disease, asymptomatic or not, who came in, went through isolation and were released without a test.
We have been very, very badly let down by the government and the agencies that were supposed to be keeping the border secure.
And while the military and another Minister have taken charge, the management of isolation still seems to be an omnishambles when people who ask for tests aren’t getting them and don’t know when they will.