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  1. LOL how is that a lock down!! No takeaways in NZ - I did a big order from my favourite Indian before the deadline and have several frozen meals. Just made muffins for the first time in years - missing my cafe fix - had to freeze most of them otherwise I'd just eat them
  2. Its interesting - quite a different approach. NZ is saying total lock down for 4 weeks (minimum). Nothing except essential services: health, police, government, transport (freight). Schools closed, all non-essential business closed, all bars, clubs, restaurants, closed (inc take away), all transport except for essential workers and freight. It locks down Wed evening - so had 48 hours notice. My nephew is stuck in Dunedin - he's a first year student - his parents live in east coast USA (he's a NZ citizen) - even the Australian's with him in residence can't get flights home. His parent's tried to get him a flight at least as far as LAX but I don't think they managed it. Frankly he's probably better off where he is - but a bit nervous that he'd be the only one left in the hall I thin. I can still work- as I work online from home - but not sure how much longer there will be any demand for websites!
  3. New Zealand PM annouced that the whole country will go into lock down as of Wed middnight - everything closed except essential services inc supermarkets. Schools close tomorrow. https://thespinoff.co.nz/covid-19/23-03-2020/the-stark-choice-jacinda-arderns-national-shutdown-speech-in-full/?fbclid=IwAR3fiK-Mp-7VXrvYj-g1aeNjNzBIt3cpcxgkWAbuLMMWylu6XPswfT62NJ0 We're hoping to stop it before 10,000s die
  4. New Zealand has just announced complete lock down from Wed midnight https://thespinoff.co.nz/covid-19/23-03-2020/the-stark-choice-jacinda-arderns-national-shutdown-speech-in-full/?fbclid=IwAR3fiK-Mp-7VXrvYj-g1aeNjNzBIt3cpcxgkWAbuLMMWylu6XPswfT62NJ0 The idiots are out swarming the supermarkets - but I was happy to note that everything I needed was still available in the craft store. Plus we can buy wine and beer in the supermarkets (which should be empty because everyone else will have enough food for the next year - judging by the traffic backed up trying to get into the parking lot!
  5. She appears to be staying - currently heading up the Queensland coast. However Australia will close their borders to everyone except Australian permanent residents and citizens (with a few exceptions) tomorrow. I don't think many will be flying in to cruise on her anytime soon.
  6. 12-18 months they are saying https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/coronavirus-vaccine-test-opens-as-u-s-volunteer-gets-1st-shot
  7. The trouble with diabetes is that it diagnosed with blood sugars over a certain figure. My partner had that twice - got the diagnosis. It was probably related to his other conditions because its dropped down since and has not reappeared. But apparently once you've had diabetes you can't unget it - mad - particularly as some people reverse it with diet alone
  8. How ironic - we've only done one cruise - and the reason for it was my partner's underlying health issues (cardiac) . We normally travel independently, but he really liked the cruise lifestyle. I'd much rather be carrying my own bag around the world - so maybe we will just go for a full refund on the next one - not a future cruise credit. Its nuts if peopole were denied for diabetes. Its a long-term disease - its not something that is going to kill you even on the longest of cruises
  9. Its going to be increasingly difficult to get flights out of NZ to the US and Europe - Air NZ just cancelled 85% of their intrenational routes for the next few months
  10. Am I right in thinking that Princess is the ONLY cruise line that appears to have had cases on board - getting to be a bit of a habit
  11. Also remember its pretty much the tail end of the season - very few arrivals after mid-March - none after mid-April even in normal times
  12. This is interesting take on it https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-coronavirus-adviser-expects-global-coronavirus-pandemic-to-be-over-by-june
  13. Ruby Princess left Wellington tonight - not sure what her schedule is - I beileve ships already here are able to finish their trip. I know Cunard have cancelled their Queen Elizabeth crusies to NZ due in the next few days
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