|Dawn walk during Lockdown|
|Total||Change in last 24 hours|
|Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand||1,154||0|
|Number of probable cases||350||0|
|Number of confirmed and probable cases||1,504||0|
|Number of recovered cases||1,455||0|
|Number of deaths||21||0|
|Number of active cases||28||0|
|Number of cases currently in hospital||1||0|
Liam has returned to New Zealand from England via Doha and Sydney this weekend - he is now in compulsory quarantine in Auckland for two weeks - working at his job from an assigned hotel. Can't wait to see him :)
Alex will be down here next weekend and will be with Liam in Auckland the weekend his quarantine finishes. At least we can celebrate the long Queens Birthday weekend as a nearly complete family after weeks of social distancing, even if we still have to facetime Liam.
Because I was able to arrange deliveries or click and collect, and took supplies over to Mum each week, I haven't visited a supermarket for months. It felt weird to go into The Warehouse last week, and Mum and I actually went to a coffee shop. Two wonderful catch-ups with friends in private homes and today in a spaced outdoor pub area. We have plans to do dinner and our regular quiz night this week. Overall we have gone from FOMO to FOGO - so entering public restaurants is a big step. We are still limited to groups of 10, not hugging, but definitely relishing the social contact. To be fair, we had regular online wine parties twice a week throughout the lockdown so we were not starved of conversation, but virtual will never completely replace being there.
I am still working from home -with my faithful companion. Critical practical classes restart next week for some students under strict rules, but my zoom classes continue. Work is now mainly regular class sessions, marking assignments and worksheets, writing exams to be open-book online versions, answering the many questions that arrive, and working out how to timetable next semester in a flexible, manageable way with this new way of working..... our main concern has been the lack of the usual work placement - there has been none possible for weeks and it will be hard for students to do in the future. Internationally this is an issue for all students that need practical skills training - and in our case, I know how challenging the last few weeks have been for veterinary clinics dealing safely and legally with clients and patients. Taking students is just not possible - but if we can reduce class time and increase options into our sim clinic area, we can do a lot internally.
For now, New Zealand will remain closed to tourists - and only returning Kiwis are coming in via quarantine. Although daily life may return to normal, the financial impact will be a major issue - as it will be for every country. I hope it might be possible for a managed two-week quarantine option to continue and let overseas people come here to travel, film, study for months/years - and maybe options for travel between Pacific Islands and Australia... but meanwhile, we hope many Kiwis will explore NZ. I have my flights booked for Nelson in July :)
It has been hectic changing everything to online delivery, sometimes boring, sometimes frustrating - but we see the headlines from overseas and know that lockdown has been the right thing to do. Poppy has loved the attention of having three people working from home. Our daily red zone and river walks let me appreciate the changing colours of Autumn. Definitely been a great source of soul food....