After reports of 19 positive Cowed cases in the city on Friday morning, people in the capital had to wait hours for places of interest to appear, and the government is under pressure from frustrated Wellington.
There was only one place of interest. Revealed by 6:30 p.m., then another fleet at 7:30 p.m., despite three Wellington cases being reported extensively since 10 a.m. Friday.
The delay contrasts with the first installment of the site, which was released just six hours after the first community case, a 58-year-old man from Davenport was announced on Tuesday.
Hundreds of contacts in the 31-person Delta Cluster were already isolated across the country, and dozens of places of interest were listed online in Auckland and Coromandel.
On Friday afternoon, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield will only confirm that there will be four cafes or restaurants, a medical center, a pharmacy, a work site, a flight and “a few petrol stations” between Wellington and Auckland. Visited. He said he did not know the names of the places where the announcement was made during the 3pm update. 11 new cases.Including three in the capital.
His positive test results were returned to health officials at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
* “People will find out,” the ministry responded to the two-week-old point of interest.
* Cove 19: Why did it take 12 hours to get to Wellington?
* Cowed 19: No new case in MIQ or community, just five Melbourne travelers have just found out.
Chris Bishop, a spokesman for the National Party Quad 19, said there was “obvious disappointment” as people waited for more information.
“People want to know, because now it’s spread from Auckland to Wellington. If they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, talk,” he said. “Everyone knows the communicators are working hard 24 hours a day, but there is obvious frustration.”
But Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defended the delay, saying there was a balance between getting the information out quickly and making sure. It relied on memory recall and incorrect information or a very wide timeline, meaning that people were unnecessarily tested.
“Our contact tracers work very well, but they are often working with the wrong information and they are constantly balancing what information the public needs to stop working to verify it and Then put it out. ” Said.
Contact tracers in Auckland and Wellington were interviewing people to follow the infection chain of transmission and get more details, which will be uploaded in the evening.
Under Alert Level 4, potential contacts in their bubbles were safe, but essential workers need to know if they were exposed as soon as possible so that they could be isolated and tested.
Ardern, meanwhile, said some people infected with the virus would be notified before places of interest went online.
He said, “While this is common on a website, this is not the first time someone has been notified. They know. “
Still, the delay was a nervous wait, said Dougal Sutherland, a clinical psychologist at Victoria University.
“Trouble is waiting,” he said. “Delay challenges our expectations and creates uncertainty.”
Dozens of people were posting on social media for more information on the matter, and to find out more about where they had gone.
But the information vacuum explored the rumor mill to let people know if they could be exposed, how much they could be affected and whether the lockdown would be extended.
“Perhaps hearing a bit of old rumors, people’s worries forced them to change some details,” Sutherland said.