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Tēnā koe i tēnei ahiahi,


Good news. Whoop. But don't get carried away. Stick to the rules. Whoop.

Why all the whooping?:

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Keeping our feet firmly on the ground, we're off...

Scientists want stronger monitoring of people arriving at the border.

News snapshot

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the case rate decrease suggests the lockdown is working.

"For the moment, we do appear, at this early stage, to be on track." She urged people to stick to the rules.

A team of data scientists tracking the virus said today's case update could signal a turning point.

But let's not get cocky.

Otago University Professor and epidemiologist Sir David Skegg said border quarantining had to be more strictly enforced, otherwise the lockdown would have to continue a lot longer.

It's a point the scientific community appear in agreement on at the moment. 

Another expert said electronic bracelets should be strongly considered for travellers arriving from overseas and Health Minister David Clark (OK, I added that last bit in).

Clark's political career appears 'beached as' after a day of carefully managed political flagellation. Our political editor Jane Patterson reads the shifting sands as a tide of opprobrium crashes in.

Overseas, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after his condition worsened; the US is stopping medical supplies going to its neighbourFrance experienced its worst daily death toll and China reported its first day of no deaths since January.

We have to stick at this lockdown people. 

Helping hand


If like me you are starting to become Bret's hair-helmet twin (see below), some advice for the home hairdresser may be in order. Or, as my hairdresser has advised, wear a cap.

Around the world, social and physical distancing, without weird hair-dos, is changing how we love, date and show intimacy.

And in case you were disappointed the Queen didn't specifically name New Zealand as her favourite dominion yesterday, she's sent a nice message just for us. There is a startling similarity between her hair and Bret's.

A Dalek a day keeps the Doctor away

 

Normally a Dalek is the Doctor's nemesis but no longer. Residents of the small English hamlet of Robin Hood’s Bay, near Whitby, have been chased about the place by a Dalek yelling: Self-isolate.

Jolly good.

An old workmate of mine clearly has a lot of time on his hands, or he is dangerously self-replicating rather than isolating.

Yesterday I made the tremendous faux pas of missing a birthday. So with sparklers on, many happy returns to Cathy from Christine, Helen and Myra.

To Joy Bailey and hubby, congrats on the immense achievement of your 51st wedding anniversary. 

Keep sticking to the rules. Kia kaha.

Dalek, a doctor's best friend
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