12 Sep 2021

Daily cheer: A bird, a bike and DIY monopoly on day 26 of Delta outbreak

7:09 pm on 12 September 2021

With dozens of cases added to the outbreak and the mayor predicting a longer lockdown, it's time for some diversions from Delta.

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Photo: RNZ / Katie Todd

Forty-three cases have been added to the outbreak's total in the last two days and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is among those predicting the city's alert level 4 lockdown is likely to be extended when Cabinet meets to make a decision tomorrow.

So let's review some of social media's take on the pandemic's many side issues.

Country singer Tami Neilson summed up the feelings of many Auckland parents as the region's lockdown drags on.

Some people don't even get to spread their wings to a location as exciting as an art store.

Maybe that person should take a leaf out of Katie Todd's book who is assembling her own DIY Covid Monopoly set.

Another tweeter reflected on the feelings of those lucky enough to rejoin the real world.

Animals have been going viral it seems ever since the pandemic began in early 2020.

Now there's a new pairing to add to the mix - Peggy the English staffy and Molly the magpie.

They've become unlikely best buddies since Juliette Wells and her partner picked up a baby magpie while out for a walk in Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast.

Read the full story here.

The friendship started slowly but the pair's friendship now has thousands of followers on Wells' Instagram account.

Still with birds - Kiwi singer and songwriter Moana Maniapoto shared this.

There's been reaction to National leader Judith Collins's accusation that prominent epidemiologist Siouxsie Wiles is a "a big fat hypocrite" because she was photographed during Auckland's lockdown riding a bike to the beach without a mask and in the company of a friend.

RNZ's blog will run again tomorrow with a mix of mostly serious information but also a little of the light-hearted as we navigate day 27 of the current outbreak.

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