Here is an article clearly stating private test facilities do not need to inform the government of positive cases.
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Ashley - Private PCR positives are reported. You have been told this before. Legally notifiable disease.
This is factually not true - there is no legal requirement for private test centers to inform a government health center. On Japantimes (I think) there was an article with a private testing center owner, and he said there is no legal requirement, and they do not do it - they only tell the patient that they should themselves inform the health center. I have also seen the same thing said on NHK with a test center owner.
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One thing I still don't get is why are other places, such as Osaka consistently recording record cases, while Tokyo with its massive population recording consistently lower cases?
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even though test numbers are still pathetic, its good to see the numbers going down - I really hope we are starting to see the light at the end of tunnel...
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New Zealand’s government is pursuing an elimination strategy in which it tries to stamp out the virus entirely whenever it appears.
This is only until the population is fully (80%+) vaccinated - they have stated this many times before and fully realize elimination is not a long term strategy. Their plan is to open borders early next year from certain countries for vaccinated persons.
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I wonder how long have you been here.
Over 20 years in Japan, so I'm well aware of the political landscape here.
I'm just tired of listening to his monotone voice and looking at his expressionless face as he says the same thing day after day, making the same empty promises which he has no intention of keeping. He has absolutely no charisma whatsoever. If he was not the PM, nobody would even notice him. He has no redeeming qualities at all.
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anyone but Suga please.
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NZ were too slow with vaccinations yes - but they are now vaccinating at record daily rates and unlike Japan, they have no shortages of vaccines. About 24% of their population is fully vaccinated and they are vaccinating around an additional 1%/day - lest see how they compare in 6 weeks - I think you will be surprised.
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I bit of a pointless article - Japan is lawfully not able to impose lockdowns so it was never an option for them anyway.
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sorry, you lost me a little with your reply.
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I laugh at the folks who say we should be concentrating at the hospitalization and severely sick count - of course once hospitals are full, which they are, those 2 numbers stop going up.
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Vaccine rates are increasing - the government needs to publish only the hospitalizations/deaths rather than focusing on cases.
what about the sick at home/hotel waiting for a hospital rate?
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hahaha!!.. Swedens death rate for covid is 10 times higher than its neighbors, and it's economy is no better - their approach was a huge mistake which even their health minister has admitted.
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Isreal was a little unlucky, they were highly vaccinated 6 months ago, but the delta variant didn't exist then, and now it does, it's at the exact time the vaccines effectiveness is starting to wane, hence the need for booster shots.
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sorry, I must of missed the part where ardern was blaming anybody.
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Definitely they vaccinated too slowly - the only silver lining though is now delta has arrived, they are vaccinating at record daily rates and bookings have also now skyrocketed. At least thats something.
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Now what would be the reaction of people in this comment section if I said my family and I have locked ourselves in our home 24/7 no one in no one out. We only order online and screen all delivery people keeping a considerable distance make them leave the order outside and leave, only then opening the door just long enough to get the package, etc...and we continued to do this for over a year.! What would your reaction be to us doing this?
Well welcome to New Zealand!
NZ has been in lockdown in their houses for the past 1 year? Alrighty then...
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You forgot to include vaccinated plus 14 days quarantine.
not true, they will also reduce the quarantine period - what to has not been decided but that is the intention. In addition they will also consider home quarantine as well - they are not stupid, they know there is no point in allowing folks in if the quarantine rules are not relaxed.
yep, I agree with you on the TV productions, but thats the choice the NZ government has made. I don't think they will win the argument with the NZ public of letting in folks in from overseas to film TV/movies while NZ'ders overseas are still trying to get back home.
Anyway, my point is I don't have any issue with the way they have dealt with covid - if the economy was in the toilet and unemployment was high, then yes, but that is not the case and if they get everyone vaccinated by Dec as scheduled, they will be in a very good position.
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FT is subscription only so I cannot read.
Anyway, heres at article from 2 days ago saying their economy is actually overheating, so they may need to raise interest rates to cool it down...
Regardless, it is clear the economy is currently doing very well - GDP is relatively good and unemployment is low.
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NZ already announced their plan to start opening up borders early next year, once the NZ population is mostly vaccinated (scheduled Dec). They will start with only letting in vaccinated travelers from certain countries then expand out to more countries.
I don't see any problem with that plan as their economy is doing well.
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So many claimed that NZ was smart, but in reality the plan (if you can call it a plan) was to close the borders and wait for the rest of us to do the Job then once we got things done NZ would reopen.
That was May 2020 we are now August 2021 and NZ is still closed even the supposed NZ economic recovery is now tanking as the government now scrambles to get Vaccine and get the population vaccinated a population that believed the illusion they were safe without the vaccine.
NZ's economy is booming, thats a fact so perhaps do some research before posting next time.
Also, this pandemic has been going on for what, 2 years now? - how many months of those 2 years have NZ'ders been able to carry on as normal without ANY local restrictions - probably 20months. Ask any NZ'der where they would have rather spent the last 2 years, in NZ or anywhere else - I already know their answers...
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They just announced that genome sequencing shows it is from the NSW breakout, so it was bought over by somebody traveling from there. Also, it's 7 cases now, and they expect more.
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yes, we have seen how horribly NZ has done handling covid under Ardern\s
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58 year old unvaccinated man. Auckland and Coromandel in lockdown for 7 days from tonight. Rest of the country for 3 days.
...and his wife who is vaccinated has tested negative.
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lol, down voted for stating facts.
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No surprise, you can’t keep delta out forever, its too contagious, but with no community transmission in the last 6 months, NZ has done far done better than any other country. Will be interesting to see if they can contact trace where this case originated - every other outbreak they have managed to contain within a couple of weeks, but with delta, it will be much more difficult.
I think they will go immediately into a hard lockdown for Auckland - they wont delay like Sydney did, which turned out to be a massive own goal with delta now out of of control in NSW and many cases in VIC as well.
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Oh I see, you are like CommodoreFlag. Freedom and money first.
Nice that everything is black and white to you.
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With the local population largely protected against severe infection, I do wonder about the necessity of extending the State of Emergency until mid-September.
Yeah, I have to agree the SOE is pretty meaningless at this point to be honest - many bars/restaurants are just openly flouting the "rules" anyway, people are out and about as usual, trains are still packed with rush hour office workers, para-olympics will take place, high school baseball tournaments are happening, gyms still open...
What would happen if the SOE is lifted - malls can stay open past 8pm?...anything else meaningful?
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