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4 Oct, 10 tweets, 5 min read
Before I get more odd messages, please, when you read in the foreign press that today NZ has "abandoned its elimination strategy", it isn't correct.
That's the press' narrative, the same media that has been salivating at any chance to try to bring NZ down.
Let me explain.🧵
Auckland is in lockdown, wk 7.
We have 8-28 cases/day, most in isolation. We know where most are.
Rest of NZ~free as birds for 5 weeks.
2 wks ago AKL eased lockdown to L3, meaning we can get takeaways, click & collect from stores. Many businesses went back to work.
Today the cabinet was to decide if we're to exit lockdown tomorrow, but with 8-28 cases, they decided against it. Better safe than sorry right!
One rule in lockdown more was eased, people can now meet in parks with ONE other family.
A plan of the exit of our lockdown was shared!
Jacinda said at the press conference the "tail of Delta has been more like a tentacle" and very difficult to beat entirely but we will continue stomping it out.
We are still in lockdown. We are still doing aggressive TTIQ.
We haven't "given up/learnt to live with the virus".
The media frenzy comes from one sentence and NZ media probably blasting it out as they have nothing better to do(watch the presser when she responds to them).
We haven't got to 0 cases [yet] with our efforts, she says.
But she also says we will continue to stomp the virus out.
Media goes crazy!
Did she REALLY admit 7 weeks of lockdown and 8 cases a day is not ZERO? My maths isn't great, but it sounds about right!
Holy! NZ, the teacher's pet no more. Let's tell the world!
So, is that correct statement 8 vs 0 really "abandoning our fight against the virus"? Wouldn't all our newspaper not have blasted that news across our own if that was true?
I am reading "eased restrictions".
Funny the world's press is reading "LeT iT rIp"?
Also, as Ardern said, and always has, the plan when we slowly open up in February 2022 is to stomp out the virus the BEST we can. We will not end the fight. We will still mask, distance and TTIQ after 90% vaxx.
We now have two detailed plans. One for lockdown, one for re-opening.
We have enough with our shitty media of junior reporters trying to blast every clowns' toilet paper scribble alternative zero brain strategy to hopefully egg on enough people to click on the headline to generate 5 cents.

Let us have a breather, we can't be your Narnia World.
Lastly, I think people are mixing things up.
We have a ZERO TOLERANCE approach towards community cases.
This does not always mean we achieve ZERO cases.
Many countries have zero tolerance visions or policies.


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25 Aug
I am genuinely surprised why some people around the world still doesn't understand New Zealand's pandemic response strategy and our plan going forward so I will attempt to explain it here.

We have a solid plan folks, we didn't just "get lucky".
Firstly, it has been VERY successful.

Since March 2020 until Aug 15th we've had:
-380 virus free days🎉🎈
-49 lockdown days in NZ (77 in Auckland)🏡

-Deaths: 26
-Total cases: 3159 (with 56% of these being border cases arriving from other countries directly into quarantine)
The plan:
1. Keep people safe with an elimination strategy - quashing the virus when it enters NZ (via border quarantines, masks, distancing, c19app, tracing, testing, isolation, regional short sharp lockdowns when needed to find out source of virus and keep virus from spreading)
Read 9 tweets
25 Jan
New Zealand found out yesterday that a lady returning from Europe via the UK, who had been in our quarantine facilities (MiQ)for the mandatory 14 days, tested positive 11 days AFTER she left the hotel.

This is what our government informed us about within one day:
Despite it being a Sunday, they held a televised press conference a few hours after finding out.

They also shared information on social media to the public that same afternoon.

And publicised a list of ALL places and times the lady had visited and asked all people to test themselves and isolate until the test results showed negative. They also sent out push notifications to all people & businesses who were at the locations and had used the app.
Read 13 tweets
16 Jan
@AnnaKorhonen3 In New Zealand we have been virus free 8 months out of 10. We live a normal life with big events, no restrictions on groups etc. We wear face masks on planes and public transport in Auckland only as a preventative measure. It is surreal to live here and I consider myself lucky.❤️ ImageImageImageImage
@AnnaKorhonen3 This is from a New Year’s concert with 21,000 people.
@AnnaKorhonen3 We have 2 large events currently with people coming in from other countries to compete (all need to sit in the mandatory 14 day quarantine of course): Americas Cup and international Cricket. Big events/massive audiences. ImageImageImageImage
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11 Oct 20
@richardursomd 1. Do listen to the whole interview rather than cut a clip out of context.

@WHO is not in favour of LONG NATIONAL ones, if there is an alternative but @davidnabarro says sometimes a lockdown is needed to win time and prepare testing/tracing processes.
@richardursomd @WHO @davidnabarro 2. @davidnabarro also says local movement restrictions are sometimes necessary, ie local light lockdowns like in NZ.
@WHO is not against local lockdowns, that is a part of the tailored, localised, specific approach together with testing/tracing and isolation. You need them all.
@richardursomd @WHO @davidnabarro 3. @davidnabarro says The Middle Path is needed:
Making certain we put in place robust defences to the virus so we can catch it QUICKLY & SUPPRESS outbreaks FAST. To do this, we need very good localised public health services, with excellent testing/tracing & isolation measures.
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10 Oct 20
@OscarTengmark @DaytonaII Ok Oscar, kan se att du inte lärt dig att läsa på och att du slänger runt videoclips&påståenden utan kontext.Jag ska förklara för dig eftersom din hjärna inte verkar vara kapabel att fungera.
Detta trots att mitt hela lillfinger brutits av denna vecka,så välj dina svar noggrant.
@OscarTengmark @DaytonaII 1. Precis som du gjorde felet och erkände det i förra rundan, så kan man inte bara kolla på en del av en video utan helheten. Har du kollat på hela?
Dr Nabarro förespråkar The Middle Way, om man inte ska ha lockdowns, tycker du att Sverige har mastrat TMW?
@OscarTengmark @DaytonaII 2.The Middle Way: Make certain we put in place robust defences to this virus we can catch it QUICKLY & we can SUPPRESS outbreaks FAST. To do this, we need very good localised public health services, with excellent testing-tracing & isolation measures.

Låter detta som Sverige?
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