Lockdown happens at 11.59 pm tonight, two hours and 24 minutes away. Everyone I know has already started really. Many people's parents haven't started but instead are popping out to the dairy or angling for a cappuccino in the cafe. Just a few of us, dear. One friend's mother went to the Casino last weekend, well I've had a good run, she said, when my friend complained.
The police have said, don't even think about going for a drive to the beach. Walk in your local neighbourhood, keep two metres away from anyone else, only go with people you are in a household cluster with. The idea is a closed circle of members of your household. The police say act like you have the virus.
40 new confirmed or probable cases yesterday, 50 new confirmed or probable cases announced today. and because the numbers in my graph don't add up, I have been recording new infections each day, it must be because they have started absorbing the probable cases into their numbers as well as the confirmed. I made up the difference in yesterday's numbers so it shows a greater leap than the 40 new infections we were told about. The Director of Health says it will keep going up for another 10 days, because the people being tested now are those who have arrived before the borders were closed, and before the lock down.
I keep thinking about Dustin in Stranger Things (series 2 spoiler alert) who finds a cute specimen of a seemingly undiscovered species and names him D'Artagnan (Dart for short) after a chocolate bar he feeds him. His friends are suspicious, but Dustin hides Dart from them, and lies to them in order to protect his new obsession. He keeps Dart in his turtle's tank, and overnight Dart grows at astronomical rates, escapes, eats the family's cat, leaving a bloody pool of fur and flesh and is revealed to be a baby demogorgon, a creature responsible for the worst kinds of hell that Dustin and his friends have already lived through. Dustin, usually sensible, is brilliantly deceptive, his face flickering between calm affection in company, and sick terror in private as he understands exactly what he has been nurturing.
It's Wednesday night. We now have 205 confirmed or probable cases in New Zealand. Four community infections, possibly more. Last Wednesday we had 20 cases, the Wednesday before that we had five.
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