New Zealand Locks Down For At Least 3 Days After Single Coronavirus Case

2021 NEW ZEALAND SHORT COURSE SWIMMING C’SHIPS

The 2021 New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championships are over just as soon as they have started, as the nation has been placed under strict coronavirus-related lockdown for at least 3 days.

From Swimming New Zealand:

After the government announced this evening that the whole of New Zealand will go into level 4 lockdown for the next three days from 11:59 pm tonight, we have made the decision to postpone the rest of the 2021 Apollo Projects NZ Short Course Championships from now onwards.

Again, we thank you for your patience. We will communicate regularly over the next few days and update you when we hear more information from the government.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden made the decision after the nation reported its first coronavirus case in 6 months. With the case stemming from Auckland, that city, in particular, is facing a 7-day lockdown, whereas the rest of the nation is homebound for 3 days.

According to Reuters, authorities are assuming the patient had contracted the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 although genome sequencing was yet to be completed.

Since the pandemic, New Zealand has seen about 2,500 confirmed coronavirus cases and 26 related deaths. (Reuters)

As for the Championships, this meet was set to represent just one of several qualification opportunities, with swimmers also being able to nab times at any additional FINA-approved meet from October 6, 2020, through August 25th.

Update

According to New Zealand’s Ministry of Health, 10 new cases have been reported during the 24 hours from 10 am ET on August 17 to August 18. There are seven active cases in the community and an additional 32 at the border.

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Steve Nolan
3 months ago

Can’t really argue with their results. It’s the right call.

Not Tapered 🏊
Reply to  Steve Nolan
3 months ago

Sure you can, people have been doing it since this started. You can go to an extreme and lock down for extended periods of time and deal with the negative impact of that or you can go to the other end and leave things open. There’s probably a place to meet in the middle there.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Not Tapered 🏊
3 months ago

They’re “locking down” for 3 days rn. The sooner you do it, the less extreme they have to be. If they just waited a bit longer – a place to meet in the middle, say – there would just be more infections and a longer lockdown.

Hank
Reply to  Steve Nolan
3 months ago

So what? Who said the goal was to eliminate Covid-19 completely? Is that practical for society? To keep revoking the people’s freedoms for an unattainable goal is the right call?

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Hank
3 months ago

Pretty sure they’ve been living much more normally day to day in NZ than in the US. I’d take intermittent 3 day lockdowns over hospitals running over capacity and a zillion deaths.

I feel like most people that make these BUH MUH FREEDOMS!! don’t really investigate what it truly means to be free.

torchbearer
Reply to  Hank
3 months ago

NZ hasnt had a single case since February- it is easily obtainable with a couple of days lockdown…

Chlorinetherapy
Reply to  torchbearer
3 months ago

This will not be a couple of days. We have been told to expect weeks or months.

moddiddle
Reply to  Steve Nolan
3 months ago

A lot of people don’t understand the of exponential growth. It’s the same reason most people aren’t on track to retire by age 65.

torchbearer
Reply to  moddiddle
3 months ago

Like to show me an investment that gets exponential growth? I understand compounding growth.

Inclusive Parent
Reply to  torchbearer
3 months ago

Ummm… exponential growth IS compounded growth. Glad you understand investments…

Aaa Bbb
Reply to  Steve Nolan
3 months ago

And yet you traveled to Greensboro for USMS Nationals despite more than one case in every locality you traveled through to get there. Was that the right call?

Bo Swims
Reply to  Steve Nolan
3 months ago

And Delta seems to show up faster with a shorter incubation.

Chineeese boy
3 months ago

France 6000 cases yesterday, no lockdown

Ghost
Reply to  Chineeese boy
3 months ago

USA more than 120,000 cases and all good with Southern Governors

Walter
Reply to  Chineeese boy
3 months ago

That’s like saying your favorite football team scored a touchdown in the first minute of the first quarter, so you are a BIG WINNER!

Bo Swims
Reply to  Chineeese boy
3 months ago

France isn’t an isolated island country

Dylan
3 months ago

Yawn

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Dylan
3 months ago

Can we start a “comment of the week” award? Because this guy, right here, absolutely needs to win.

Thank you so much, Dylan. I hope you get some sleep.

MickeyMouse
Reply to  Steve Nolan
3 months ago

Probably wouldn’t be so tired if they weren’t busy commenting random things that don’t add to the discussion at all.

ChlorineKillsCovid
3 months ago

A Country of 5 million…1 non-threatening COVID case… LOCK EVERYONE DOWN! Can we speculate the impact this could have on mental health, Loss of income, etc… Stop the madness.

Provel
Reply to  ChlorineKillsCovid
3 months ago

Bro
It’s 3 days

ChlorineKillsCovid
Reply to  Provel
3 months ago

Bro
Just like “14 Days to flatten the curve”

Coach
Reply to  ChlorineKillsCovid
3 months ago

It means business is good for the rest of the time. Restaurants are full, shops are selling, live sport, massive concerts, schools are safe etc.
No masks to worry about.
I’d say it’s worked pretty well so far

Blackflag82
Reply to  ChlorineKillsCovid
3 months ago

Does labor day weekend create those problems? No? Then neither will these 3 days.

cmon speedo
3 months ago

1 case, whole country lockdown for 3 days. Is this a joke?

Hmm
Reply to  cmon speedo
3 months ago

Dictators gonna dicate.

Mr Piano
Reply to  cmon speedo
3 months ago

No, the coronavirus is not a joke. This is why New Zealand has lead the world on how to handle Covid.

M Palota
Reply to  Mr Piano
3 months ago

Maybe. But maybe not.

COVID-19 is, probably, endemic. Means it’s never going away. It’s going to circulate around the world forever – or at least a very long time – now.

And the vaccines – the present ones, anyway – don’t offer sterilizing immunity. They are fantastic, magnificent triumphs of science and they will change the way all medicine is practiced from now on but they don’t stop the transmission of the virus. Not completely. They slow transmission, though. A lot and they prevent severe sickness and death. They are our best way to manage the pandemic, without question. (Go get jabbed if you haven’t already.)

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Joel
Reply to  M Palota
3 months ago

Problem is vaccines have been hard to get in NZ and Australia. And USA wouldn’t send over their surplus Pfizer. Hopefully they sent them to another country that needed them.

Corn Pop
Reply to  M Palota
3 months ago

There is a very good Chimp Adenovirus vaccine. These people thus vaccinated are going to take over the world . Planet of the Apes is the future !

Chineeese boy
Reply to  cmon speedo
3 months ago

The whole covid hysteria is the joke

Margalis Stan
Reply to  Chineeese boy
3 months ago

It’s not hysteria and it’s not funny. People are dying because of some of us have been irresponsible about this. What we are going through is not a joke, this is real life. I get that some people want more freedom than others, but the quicker you play your part, the quicker we can get this over with.

torchbearer
Reply to  Chineeese boy
3 months ago

Yeah, 600,000 US deaths are a joke?

R.b.
Reply to  cmon speedo
3 months ago

No lockdown should occur. At all. with 1 case, they have to be really , joking…and really , the government must be sick. ….., to do this.

Coach
Reply to  R.b.
3 months ago

Why?
Let it loose and we’ll be getting 10s 100s 1000s a day like the US, lock it down at the start, reap the benefits in a few days
Less sick, less dead
Sounds better than any other countries plan

Margalis Stan
Reply to  R.b.
3 months ago

New Zealand didn’t have many cases to start with, so when there is a case, people start to go in a panic. The US can’t do that because they have so many cases that they know it’s gonna spread no matter what, but they place protocols to keep it to a minimum. So it’s two very different perspectives here.

Coach
Reply to  Margalis Stan
3 months ago

Theres a reason we didn’t have many cases ever. It’s because we took early action to stop the spread.
It’s not rocket science

Ava
3 months ago

Why has New Zealand not had a single covid case in 6 months? This is why.

AAAA
Reply to  Ava
3 months ago

I’m just saying if I lived in New Zealand and had Covid symptoms I would NOT get tested if I knew the entire county would lock down if I came back positive.

And New Zealand is an isolated island of five million people. Most countries are NOT. This is important when considering NZ success vs others.

Ava
Reply to  AAAA
3 months ago

That’s a fair point. However, if ONE person in NZ tested positive and they locked the entire country down for a few days that’s helpful towards reducing the spread.

Ava
Reply to  Ava
3 months ago

And to add, if I were in NZ, I would much rather lock down for 3 days than have full hospitals with people dying because of this virus. That’s just me.

Coach
Reply to  AAAA
3 months ago

We have a better attitude than that, caring about our fellow countrymen etc.
Do your part for the team

AAAA
Reply to  Coach
3 months ago

Serious question. How many of you team players advocating for lockdowns to help your fellow countrymen text / use your phone while you drive? How many of you support the fast food industry? Because heart disease is still killing more people than Covid and if we truly want to work together as a “team” to stop people from dying then we should do just that. If we want to work together to stop people from only dying of Covid well that doesn’t make much sense to me.

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Samesame
Reply to  AAAA
3 months ago

I’m Australian. I don’t eat fast food. Don’t text when driving. Happy with short sharp lockdowns. Stay safe.

Coach
Reply to  AAAA
3 months ago

We do lots of things to help our country,
Banned plastic bags
Moving towards banning all single use plastics
We do have a serious issue with bad eating habits and thats another public health campaign

America should absolutely do the same. Don’t eat fast food, drive the speed limit, don’t text and drive, be kind to each other

We don’t have that issue in NZ, we aren’t a communist country. The government decided it was in our best interests to stop the spread of covid so we did. And we’re grateful for it
Nz overwhelming reelected the Prime Minister last year off the back of her covid response

Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

Where’s that herd immunity guy that kept posting here and was a Scott Atlas fan? Something like hiswimmer. Glad he’s gone.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

I think Hawaii is ok .At least USA Olympic Swim team thought so . Thus Hiswimmer was not altogether wrong . Nobody in the world is altogether right or wrong on Covid .

Its maybe something like Afghanistan . 20 years preparing for the inevitable & the West is still frickin ignorant as a stick.

Not Tapered 🏊
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

Scott Atlas is at least a Dr. compared to this expert panel we have here in the comments. 🤣

alex
3 months ago

god i love new zealand. and their citizens probably *actually* lockdown, with the help and support of their government of course. maybe one day the states will be on that level. we can only hope!

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