The South Island lockdown extension has been widely welcomed, although questions are being asked about why Level 4 was initially set for three days instead of a full week.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said sanctions would be extended. Tuesday night until 11.59 p.m. After further delta variations are detected. The total number of confirmed cases is 31, of which three are from Wellington.
Although there are. There are no confirmed cases in the South Island., 162 contacts have been identified outside the Auckland and Waiko areas – including the South Islanders.
“We now know that we are dealing with an epidemic, not just in Auckland. We still need to be very vigilant, “said Arden.
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“We are still waiting for a lot of contacts to be tested and the results to come back.”
Professor Michael Planck, University of Canterbury School of Mathematics and Statistics and Principal Investigator. Te Pūnaha MatatiniHe said that extension of level 4 was the right decision.
“It now appears that we detected the epidemic about 10 days after it entered the community, limiting the time it took for the virus to spread.”
He said most of the cases in the last two days were linked to the central cluster, a “sign of reassurance” that the liaison tracing system was “working towards the edges of the cluster”.
Michael Baker, an epidemiologist at the University of Otago, Wellington, said the brief initial initial lockdown was really a matter of the government “buying time to assess the situation”, and was likely to be lifted on Tuesday. do not have.
“Initially they had so little information that it didn’t matter if they said three days or seven days.”
Baker said it was clear that the country’s contract tracing system was being expanded to capacity through Delta. “New Zealand has a very good contact tracing system, but it has reached its limits with this event.”
Act Party leader David Seymour said the number of three-day lockdowns has never increased.
“No one wants a long lockdown, but a small extension from the podium creates terrible uncertainty, when real time was never workable and the prime minister should have known.”
“With the new community case of the Delta variant of the Covid 19 coming to light, we know that continuing the Alert Level 4 lockdown is the right call.”
Lian Watson, chief executive of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, said the news was disappointing, but not unexpected.
“While we were all hoping for a little better news, I think it was more planning for the worst and hope for the best,” he said.
“It will be difficult for businesses not to trade, especially bars, restaurants and retailers – they will be the hardest hit.”
Jim Bolt, Mayor of Queenstown Lakes. He said the region had a “fairly reasonable domestic season” until the lockdown, but it was the right decision.
We need to learn from what happened in Australia.
“If we have to stay in lockdown for a while to keep it behind, I agree.”
Police issued a reminder on Friday that unnecessary travel or activity was not allowed during Level 4.
Commissioner Andrew Coaster said: “It’s very important that we keep our community safe and secure.”
Exercise should only be in your neighborhood and no recreational activity that could trigger a rescue or emergency response was allowed, including surfing, snowboarding, tramping, fishing and white biting.
On Friday, the Prime Minister confirmed that the entire country would remain on alert level 4 till Tuesday.
The extension of the lockdown is a blow to business and event organizers.
Public Nick Inkster, Owner of the award-winning OGB Bar and Austin Club. At Central Christchurch, he said he would “cross his fingers for Level 2” but understood that this would not be possible once the Wellington cases were confirmed.
“The wage subsidy is insignificant, but it does not cover the loss of income that goes into paying accounts, payments and overheads.”
Incaster, which employs about 50 staff members at its two bars, said it has been paid in full this week, but it is unclear whether this will be possible if the lockdown continues.
Both venues were famous for live music, and Incster – who lives above OGB – said all musicians were considered employees.
“We had to cancel all the jigs. We were going to play a live series and the musicians who were going to play on Saturday and Sunday. Sing from home, via Facebook.. ”
Bob Mangan, chief executive of Christchurch’s Isaac Theater Royal, said the lockdown was “really tough”.
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“It’s always a shame when a production has to stop … [but] We hope to reopen soon.
The West Coast awaits bright future days.
Blur Mayor Jamie Klein. He said the extension of the lockdown was not unexpected, given how events unfolded.
More than 100 people have been living in emergency shelters since the floods destroyed the district in late July, and about 2,200 people are still facing “some kind of displacement”.
“We still have a lot of weak and homeless people,” he said.
There was pressure on the community and there were “high levels of anxiety.”
The Ministry of Commerce, Innovation and Employment was asked for a waiver so that traders could continue repairing flood-damaged homes.
“We are watching it. [lockdown] As for the ability to live for a few weeks; it becomes quite disabled.
Klein said the recent humid weather and delays in repair work could cause the mold to settle, posing a health risk, which is a cause for concern.
“Some sunny days will help lift our spirits.”