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NZ brings back restrictions in Wellington after COVID scare from Sydney visitor

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By Praveen Menon and Renju Jose

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Stuck record but here we go again. Rolling restrictions will be permanent unless authorities get over the use of these as a sole response to what is now a very manageable disease

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Panic in NZ with 1 infected person on a plane. Japan infected Ugandan on a plane no reaction except quarantining Ugandan teammates, rest of plane free to go. This highlights the different way of handling the virus between NZ and other countries

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Odd that out of the blue a tourist suddenly has the virus, whether he had it in Australia prior to his trip or picked it up while in New Zealand.

What’s next for New Zealand and Australia and their lockdowns once their populations are highly vaccinated? Presumably you’d think the lockdown approach would be dropped at such a time, given the greatly reduced risk of the disease at that point.

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anon9999,

Panic in NZ with 1 infected person on a plane.

No, panic would be a full, nationwide lockdown. This response is rather measured.

This highlights the different way of handling the virus between NZ and other countries

It sure does. Large parts of Japan have been under a 'quasi' state of emergency for months. New Zealand's "last positive case due to community transmission (was) reported about four months ago."

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Odd that out of the blue a tourist suddenly has the virus, whether he had it in Australia prior to his trip or picked it up while in New Zealand.

He bought it with him - its already been genome linked to the Sydney cluster.

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It's being reported that he may already have had his first vaccine shot before leaving, so hopefully his viral load was small.

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All 4 close contacts named of this guy have tested negative so far. Guessing that vaccine shot may have meant he wasn't that contagious.

Level 2 in NZ mostly just means restrictions on gatherings, for example the NZ Maori vs Samoa rugby game on Saturday in Wellington will be played with no crowd.

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Different places different reaction, Japan with hundreds of cases can have 10,000 people in sporting events yet NZ 1 not even from NZ, but passing trough and not yet confirmed to infect anyone means no spectators. NZ policy follow an abundance of caution. Japan don’t worry no caution at all.

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Japan should have locked out Chinese tourists in February 2020 according to my partner, but the government made the decision that Chinese tourist money was important and so it was… after the virus was in, it was well in… and locking down a country of 120,000,000 is a different decision to locking down a population of 5,000,000.

It’s interesting to think about disruptions to global supply chains as they have been recently as it is, versus what they would have been if a large economy like Japan had really shutdown, antipodean-style.

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How deadly is this virus now ., seems people getting infected but how many is it actually killing here or in NZ or Australia lately, is it really as severe and deadly as we are led to believe?

Or is it mostly hype now?

Serious question if you have real data or answers please share so we can all become enlightened .........................from what I can see its not as lethal as initial outbreak ?

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anon99999

Panic in NZ with 1 infected person on a plane. Japan infected Ugandan on a plane no reaction except quarantining Ugandan teammates, rest of plane free to go. This highlights the different way of handling the virus between NZ and other countries

It highlights the difference between NZ and common sense.

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anon99999

Panic in NZ with 1 infected person on a plane.

Not at all. Restrictions under level 2 lockdown are very mild. A lot less than the current restrictions in japan for example. And it is just for Wellington. The rest of the country is open.

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Lock it up NZ! OI!

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