New Zealand government raises alert over covid-19 variants

New Zealand government raises alert over covid-19 variants

Given what we have been learning it was only a matter of time – perhaps even earlier than I would have expected.

Coronavirus: Concern of ‘significant wave’ of cases coming, return to red could depend on how health system copes

Attention is back on the country’s traffic light settings as COVID-19 cases rise again, and there are growing concerns the number of daily infections may return to what was seen at the height of the Omicron outbreak.

There’s no clear trigger point for what might lead officials to return New Zealand to the red level, with both the COVID-19 Response Minister and the Ministry of Health telling Newshub a range of factors – including the capacity of the health system and case numbers – are considered

When Adern says NZ will not return to red alert you kind of know it is inevitable.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says ‘no expectation’ NZ will move to red, questions whether gathering limits would make ‘marked difference’ anyway

The Prime Minister says there is “no expectation” New Zealand will move to the red traffic light setting “at this stage”, questioning whether gathering limits would make a “marked difference” on case rates. 

Kiwis are being told by experts to brace themselves for a sharp jump in COVID-19 cases as the BA.5 Omicron sub-variant takes hold in New Zealand. The seven-day rolling average is already back on the up, sitting at 7246 on Tuesday compared to 5480 a week ago.

It comes as the health system faces pressure from also dealing with the return of the flu as well as worker shortages.

But Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is currently in Australia on a trade mission, told media on Tuesday the Government has no expectations New Zealand will be moving to red at this stage

COVID-19 researcher warns case numbers could reach 25,000 a day, put New Zealand back in red

COVID-19 researchers are warning that the next Omicron wave has arrived and we could reach 25,000 cases a day – which could mean a return to the red traffic light setting.

The seven-day rolling average of community cases has risen by more than 2000 in just a week.

With winter now here, another wave of COVID-19 has arrived.

This is the latest from Steve Kirsch

New Zealand: the vaccinated have higher mortality than the unvaccinated so the solution is more vaccines!!!

The narrative is unraveling in New Zealand as this paper by John Gibson points out that the vaccinated are more likely to die than the unvaccinated.

But no finger pointing in New Zealand!

In New Zealand, the traditional media will not cover any research that is counter-narrative because they are so beholden to government funding. For example, in May the NZ government spent an average of $67 (USD$45) PER DOSE on advertising, and all told it has been about $50 million spent on government advertising on the vaccines. On top of that there is a “public interest journalism fund” that gives about another $100 million of government money to the media. So the public only hears one side of the narrative.

So what do the “experts” in New Zealand like Otago University epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker do?

Baker called for new mRNA vaccines to be rolled out urgently!!!!

No matter how bad the data is, these guys are just never going to point the finger at the vaccines that are making things worse.

For more on this, check out this article The First Pandemic War—highly Vaccinated New Zealand Admits It Is Losing the Battle.

You’ll love it. They admit they are losing that battle so the solution is to keep doing the same thing over and over again hoping for a different result.

Gibson’s earlier paper, Public misunderstanding of pivotal COVID-19 vaccine trials may contribute to New Zealand’s adoption of a costly and economically inefficient vaccine mandate, pointed out that “if the public misunderstanding described here persists, a continuation of inefficient vaccine mandates whose costs exceed benefits is likely.” He was exactly right of course. That is precisely what has happened and will continue to happen. New Zealand will likely be the last place on Earth that they will figure this out.

Australia

The arrogant sneer seems to have disappeared from Kerry Chant’s face

They are backing off the vaccine mandates now.

Read Vanishing vaccine mandates: No apology from our once-so-zealous public health officials which says:

Thus, after more than two years of advising premiers to abandon their pandemic plans and paralyse the entire country until everyone was immunised with experimental vaccines, it seems that our public health officers were wrong. Oops. Not only has Australia wasted billions of dollars on lockdowns, it has damaged the health of the vast majority of Australians by making them more vulnerable to infection with Covid.

On the other hand, consider this comment from a reader in Australia:

I think you were overly optimistic about Australia’s position. While there are small signs the authorities are backing away from some measures, the shots are still mandated for many categories of workers and one premier has called for health workers to have a mandatory booster shot. All of our governments are still pushing the shots at every opportunity, including for children. Further, the Queensland CHO recently said that masks may need to come back for some indoor settings because case numbers are rising rapidly. I think he only raised it to gauge public reaction. The corporate media are still not reporting anything that contradicts governmental propaganda on the virus, the shots, the war, or inflation. From reading comments in social media, it appears that a large percentage of our population are still screaming, “Govern me harder Daddy!” We have such a long way to go.

Vanishing vaccine mandates

No apology from our once-so-zealous public health officials

Rebecca Weisser

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