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Ferries, airports swamped as Kiwis rush home for 4-week virus lockdown

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Panic buying is a psychological issue. Same with wearing masks all the time.

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CA is in lockdown mode as well and number of infections is skyrocketing. You son is better off in NZ

despite the risk of flying. USA has 2000 new cases just yesterday. NZ has 155 total yesterday.

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zurcroniumToday  03:46 pm JST

CA is in lockdown mode as well and number of infections is skyrocketing. You son is better off in NZ

despite the risk of flying. USA has 2000 new cases just yesterday. NZ has 155 total yesterday.

Half the cases are in New York; just '5% are in California. California is about 50% bigger than New Zealand. Hiding out in a hotel room in California is just as good as hiding out in your house back home, minus the risk of travel.

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Good on the government for going hard and early. The figure of 155 now includes probable, and recovered cases. The aim is for the numbers to continue to rise for the next two weeks then fall off. Almost all of the cases have been traced to returning NZ nationals with only 2 cases of probable community transmission.

The panic buying all started with the local population of immigrants from Mainland China stripping the shelves bare of first masks and hand sanitiser (to sell back to China through the online markets at a significant profit), then bottled water (the water is drinkable out of the tap in NZ), followed by mountains of toilet paper (NZ produces and exports more than it uses), flour and rice. Once the the other locals started seeing what was happening, the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) factor kicked in and they joined in as well. Rice is about the only thing on that list not make in NZ. Supermarkets in areas with a high number if Chinese immigrants were hit first and hardest.

NZ is a huge exporter of meat, dairy, fruit and other foodstuffs and produces far far more than it produces. Food security is not an issue in NZ and there is no reason why this should have happened.

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@InspectorGadget

NZ is a huge exporter of meat, dairy, fruit and other foodstuffs and produces far far more than it produces. 

I’m not sure that’s what you meant to say. But yeah NZ is pretty self sufficient food wise. Still a lot of imported produce but very little of it is actually needed. This here though... this is ridiculous.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12319308

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Unneeded panic...!

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These hoarders makes me really angry. I watched the news from around the world and many first responders, after a long day, goes to their local grocery stores to find the shelves bare. Many were in tears. I believe the likes of Costco and others now have a no return policy on hoarded items - I really think they should be named, shamed and banned from the store. Very sad situation.

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