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Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 9 & 10

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26 August: Day 9 of living in lock-down…

Day’s beginning.

Current covid19 cases: 210

Cases in ICU: –

Number of deaths: –

A fine day, cloudy but warm. 

Five cars at the railway station park and ride. Traffic seemed lighter than previous days, with about six to eight vehicles in sight at the Melling interchange.

There will be no further listing of branded commercial vehicles. Previous blogposts have given a ‘flavour’ of the wide-range of commercial and public service vehicles that were traversing the main roads from Hutt Valley to Wellington.

However, spotted were three firewood trucks (one branded “Chopps”) and two gas-cylinder trucks; a small campervan heading northalong SH2 north of  Ngauranga Gorge interchange;  a car transporter (not carrying any cars) flat-deck truck; a tow truck towing one car and carrying a second on its deck; a Fulton Hogan light-arrow truck with usual cargo of orange road-cones; and a couple of police cars.

The sighting of police cars is noteworthy. Last year’s lockdown was notable for the near-total absence of police vehicles on our Wellington-Hutt Valley roads. This time they appear to be out in force.

It is unclear if their focus is on speedsters and issuing infringement notices, or perhaps more critically, monitoring potential breaches of the lockdown.

By 10AM the weather had turned inclement. A good sign to keep folk away (hopefully) from popular public walkways along the harbour front.

Meanwhile, activity continued to be apparent at Evans Bay marina carpark. Campervans were obviously coming and going, or moving about and returning to different parking spotspots, as the following images demonstrate.

Comparing 20 August with today, six days later later:

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Let’s hope none of these travellers spread Delta as they are moving about. For these folk, it seems to be life-as-usual.

I recommend educating these folk on Delta Covid. If that fails, wheel clamps.

With pressures of work well into the evening I missed listening to RNZ’s “Checkpoint” and haven’t watched recorded episodes of TV1 or TV3 news bulletins. Surprisingly, my head seemed clearer and calmer.

Not listening to a torrent of “news” stories comprising of whining entitlement from businesses having to close; so-called “experts” who decry the government’s  and people’s efforts to stop the spread of Delta; and Opposition politicians who have their own agendas – I think I’ll sleep well tonight.

By Day’s End.

Current covid19 cases: 277

Cases in ICU: –

Number of deaths: –

So ended the ninth day of our journey to beat this thing.

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27 August: Day 10 of living in lock-down…

Day’s beginning.

Current covid19 cases: 277

Cases in ICU: –

Number of deaths: –

A good night’s sleep. Woke up to an overcast day and starting to drizzle.

Sadly, the positive mind-set didn’t last long.

RNZ’s “Morning Report” featured two stories, one after another:

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The first story, at 8.43AM, featured Susie Ferguson interviewing clinical psychologist, Karen Nimmo on the stresses and anxiety people were feeling during the current lockdown.

Cited as reasons were:

“…it’s mid-winter”

“…the novelty factor has been stripped out”

“…we’ve got uncertainty”

“…the same old thing”

“…feeling flat”

“…feeling fatigued”

“…people jammed together in flats”

“…not warm flats”

“…boredom”

“…pressure cooker with flatmates and kids”

“…lonely”

I wasn’t entirely convinced.

Lo and behold, the reason why I wasn’t convinced came approximately a few minutes later. 

Ms Ferguson was followed by her colleague, Corin Dann interviewing Paul Hunter, a professor of medicine from the UK University of East Anglia.

It was another critic of Aotearoa New Zealand’s strategy to eradicate and keep covid19 from our shores. The five minute 38 seconds long interview was a confusing, incoherent mess of poorly-thought through “reckons” by a supposed foreign “expert.

Questions abound as to why RNZ thought it worthwhile to interview this man.

I listened to him. I pondered his answers to Mr Dann’s probing questions. I considered what point he was trying to make.

I still cannot fathom what he was trying to say. Because at the end of the interview, Professor Hunter then finished by endorsing our elimination strategy:

“Yes, carry on at the moment trying to stop it spreading.”

Which leaves unanswered questions about who, at RNZ, thought it was a good idea to platform this person?

What was the point of yet more criticism and undermining of our eradication policy?

What did RNZ hope that listeners would learn?

How did it help us?

How did it further our collective efforts to contain and remove this deadly virus from our midst and save many lives?

What was the purpose of it?

And how many more of the thousands of nay-sayers and self-appointed experts has RNZ lined up to beat us over our collective head with?

If anyone at RNZ can offer even a wee glimmer of light on the rationale for this depressing interview, I will be fascinated to know it.

I will send my questions to RNZ and hope for an answer.

But in answer to Dr Nimmo, she left out one of the culprits for stresses and anxieties which some (or many) of us in Team 5 Million may be feeling:

“…a constant mainstream media diet of debilitating “news” and “reckons” which belittles and undermines our resolve and leave us wondering if our efforts are actually really worthwhile”

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By Day’s End.

Current covid19 cases: 347

Cases in ICU: –

Number of deaths: –

So ended the tenth day of our journey to beat this thing.

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References

TVNZ: Covid community cases reach 210, most in Auckland

RNZ: Covid-19 lockdown day 9 – How it unfolded

RNZ: Covid-19 – Clinical pyschologist on getting through lockdown

RNZ: Covid-19 – UK-based critic on New Zealand’s exit strategy

Twitter: Neale Jones – state of New Zealand’s media – 25/8/21

RNZ: Covid-19 update – 70 new community cases reported in NZ today

Additional

Gizmodo: New Zealand Pursues Covid-Zero as Right-Wing Idiots Lose Their Minds

Other Blogs

The Standard: The mysterious socialist hermit kingdom

Previous related blogposts

Team 5 million vs Covid: Aotearoa on Three Strikes

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 1

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 2

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 3

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 4 – Caretaker Leader Collins, another rare mis-step

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 5 & 6

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 7 & 8

For Reference

Covid19.govt.nz: COVID-19 compliance

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Acknowledgement: Sharon Murdoch (ft National Party)

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