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Why isn’t the government telling us the source?

We are being told that the government does not know the source of the current Covid-19 outbreak, and that is still being investigated.  Apparently, it might have come from food packaging even though most scientists have rejected that as a possibility.

Over in Australia, when the source of Covid-19 outbreaks are known, apologises are given:

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has offered an unreserved apology to the families affected by the Ruby Princess fiasco, which has been linked to more than 20 deaths and more than 800 positive cases around Australia.
“Can I now apologise unreservedly to anybody who suffered as a result of the mistakes that were outlined in the report undertaken by individuals within the Health Department or the Health Agency and I extend that apology unreservedly,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“In particular to the 62 people who got the virus in secondly or tertiary way.
“Those 62 people who weren’t on the ship, but somehow contracted the virus as a consequence of that disembarkation.”



Mr Walker found the delay collecting and testing coronavirus swabs was “a serious failure by NSW Health”.
“The delay in obtaining test results for the swabs taken from the Ruby Princess on the morning of 19 March is inexcusable,” the report reads.


Interestingly, even though many people died as a result of this negligence, and apologises were given, the government is not to blame:

Mr Walker said the Australian Border Force, which was involved in migration and contraband processes with the arriving ship, was not to blame for the failures around the Ruby Princess.
“Given its lack of medical or epidemiological expertise, it is well for the public good that the ABF (and, for that matter, the Department of Home Affairs) do not bear any responsibility for the Ruby Princess mishap,” the report reads.
“As this Report was being finished, some interesting journalism was published that advanced the notion that a basic misreading by an ABF officer of negative influenza results as meaning negative COVID-19 results, had somehow contributed to the decision to let the passengers go as they did on 19 March.”
He added: “To repeat, neither the ABF nor any ABF officers played any part in the mishap.”


Which brings me back to this post, and my musings on this issue in general.

I find it difficult to understand how the government can expect private businesses to comply with Health and Safety obligations, and undertake to do all things necessary to protect workers and members of the public from hazards in the workplace, but the government gets away with an “all care, no responsibility” excuse.
But it does go some way to explain this propaganda we have been hearing from the bureaucrats recently.
The virus is the problem

Written by Nick K

August 18, 2020 at 5:38 pm

Posted in New Zealand

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  1. An astute observation, Nick.


    August 18, 2020 at 6:47 pm

  2. Why isn’t the government telling us the source? Er, because unlike the Ruby Princess in Australia, they don’t know yet?

    But, hey, Adolf’s impressed by your work, so ya pays yer money and ya takes yer pick…


    August 18, 2020 at 7:27 pm

  3. We’re told they don’t know so no one can be held accountable. However I believe Bloomfield and the Minister when they tell us they don’t know.

    Nick K

    August 18, 2020 at 8:41 pm

  4. They are desperate to claim that the Auckland cluster did not originate in “managed” isolation when on the balance of probabilities of course it did. Given the number of people they allowed to leave without testing and the number of staff and “guests” they didn’t test within the facilities they have no basis to claim that the Auckland cluster genome did not exist within “managed” isolation. To persecute the guy who posted the rumour on reddit is a classic case of “shoot the messenger” (a classic socialist tactic) when they should instead be investigating his friends who the poster claims has first hand knowledge of the people involved.


    August 18, 2020 at 10:37 pm

  5. But, but, but the Deputy Prime Minister knows ……

    The Veteran

    August 19, 2020 at 9:44 am

  6. During the first coronavirus wave in New Zealand, six of the 16 “significant” clusters did not have a known origin.
    Why so important now? Oh yeah politics.


    August 19, 2020 at 10:52 am

    • Er, because since then we have had a controlled border and have been Covid free for over 100 days (yes, yes, that really mean no one living in the country has tested positive).

      So having “built the dyke” courtesy of the last lockdown, it makes sense to find out if and where there is a specific leak in it. Tracing is the way to do that.

      But, hey, you seem insistent the government is not telling us something, and implying they know precisely where the proverbial leak in the dyke is, so maybe share what you know that Cindy and Ashley know with the rest of the class.


      August 19, 2020 at 11:56 am

    • Why so important now? Oh yeah politics.

      Didn’t you hear Noel? This is a COVID election, at least according to some minor political figure…😂😂😂😂

      Tom Hunter

      August 19, 2020 at 12:59 pm

  7. You got it Noel. All care (choke) and no responsibility is the government’s meme and the opposition is to be pilloried for daring to ask inconvenient questions. See my next post.

    The Veteran

    August 19, 2020 at 11:48 am

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