April 21st, 2020

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Facebook: 21.04.20: COVID-19 toll reaches nine

Originally published on April 14, 2020

New Zealand just recorded a further four (so-called) Coronavirus deaths. As of April 14, 2020, that brings the total to NINE:


Woman, aged 70’s with an underlying health condition.

Female, aged 90’s with an underlying health condition.

Male, aged 80’s with an underlying health condition(s).

Male, aged 70’s with an underlying health condition(s).

Male, aged 80’s with an underlying health condition(s).

Male, aged 90’s with an underlying health condition(s).

Male, aged 80’s with an underlying health condition(s).

Male, aged 90’s with an underlying health condition(s).

Male, aged 70’s with an underlying health condition(s).

Interestingly, for all individuals from three onwards, I had to burrow into the Ministry of Health’s briefings to determine that all had underlying health conditions. The mainstream media failed to report that key fact. The death of any individual is clearly tragic – everyone is someone else’s mother/father/sister/brother and their loved ones will be heartbroken. But we also need to place these unfortunate deaths in context.
In 2017 (the latest data released 2019 from the Ministry of Health) 33,599 people died. That’s an average of 92 New Zealanders dying per day. Of the 33,599 people who died in 2017 the top 5 causes were:

10,438 circulatory (heart) related diseases

9,368 cancer

3,234 respiratory-related illnesses

2,113 external causes (accidents, crime, etc)

917 diabetes

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