28 April 2020

Day 1 of Level 3 Lockdown

Today, we start Level 3 Lockdown. The month-long Level 4 was extended over the long weekend to 33 days, and ended yesterday, ANZAC Monday.

The days seem to overlap each other, and when it's a long weekend it becomes even trickier to realise whether it's a working day or not. Not that I'm complaining. I was grateful for that extra day of rest as I work full time still.

Overall, New Zealand is faring quite well in the battle against COVID-19. These past few days, we've had single digit cases. Today, we have 3 new cases, 2 confirmed and 1 probable. There have been 19 deaths so far, sadly most are from the vulnerable people from rest homes.

This graph is from The Spinoff. There have been more recoveries as it appears we have flattened the curve.

Level 3 lockdown will last for 2 weeks. While school is open, only kids of essential workers who cannot work from home can attend. So it's home schooling for our 2 kids in the meantime. Businesses will start to open today, but with distancing measures in place, and most are for deliveries or pick-ups only. We're still pretty much being asked to stay at home and keep to our immediate contacts only.

We did another grocery run mid-last week and my wife said supplies are ok. The shelves don't look sparse. Although baking goods are still in high demand. Flour, especially, is hard to come by. At least that's more understandable now as people while the time away by baking. The demand for tissue paper at the start of Level 4 lockdown still boggles the mind.

We are officially in the middle of Autumn, so the days are getting shorter. At the start of lockdown, I still managed to get a couple of hours gardening after work. But now, at 6pm the sun is well on its way to settling in for the night. I would have wanted more time after work to do things outside and around the house.

We've started watching anime with my 2 kids in the evenings. We finished the first season of Dr Stone, and since the second season is still being worked on, we've started with Mob 100. My wife has taken interest in baking, and so we've had some nice morning and afternoon tea breaks lately.

After this post, I'm going back to my list of things to order and get delivered from the local warehouse. Here's to hoping I can get some time to work on other stuff.

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