Experts believe that for everyone outside of Auckland, a drop in level 1 is unlikely, while the city remains at level 4, a leading commentator called for the situation to be maintained until the purpose quarantine facility is established in New Zealand. Is.
Professor Nick Wilson, a public health expert, said he prefers all areas outside of Auckland as long as the A-alert remains at Level 2. Purposeful isolated quarantine. (MIQ) Facility at Ohio or Burnham military bases and strict regional and national borders.
Wilson was involved in a study analyzing 32 MIQ system failures in Australia and New Zealand. He concluded that there was a need for ongoing improvement in infection control or an alternative to hotel-based quarantine.
Wilson believed that the business community needed to tell the government to remove the rebuilt MIQ facilities from the cities so that they could go to Level 1 with confidence.
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“They should present the economic issue that doing MIQ properly and reducing the influx of affected people is a very useful trade to save business and liberate social life in the country.”
Covid 19 Minister Chris Hopkins had earlier rejected the construction of the purpose-built facility, saying he did not think it was “the best use of resources”, especially because of how much it cost to complete. It will take time and how much time the facilities will need.
However, in July, Hopkins said the government was considering all options, saying it could buy “one or two” of existing facilities and replace them, so it was “more appropriate for the purpose.” Were
Wilson said the government has not received an accurate economic analysis, which expects the current lockdown to cost about 5 5 billion.
“Even if you spend tens of millions on rebuilding a base like Oahu, it’s only a day’s worth of what Auckland is feeling at level 4. It’s just chicken feed.”
He believed The current Auckland epidemic This will be the last time New Zealand will be able to use the lockdown as a way to control the virus and change it.
Describing aspects of the current MIQ system as ridiculous, Wilson said going to Level 1 would be dangerous as long as the necessary workers were still able to attend the gatherings and there was a possibility that extreme Infectious delta type can avoid bad ventilated areas.
“Some of them don’t even pass the sniff test. At the MIQ facility in Wellington, people are exercising in the underground car park, and they claim that the ventilation is good. This is nonsense. “
Wilson said there was “general anxiety” throughout New Zealand because, he alleged, “people know it deeply”. MIQ 11 The system failed and did not work.
Michael Planck, a professor of Cowboy 19 modeling, said that if Auckland started lowering the alert level, the rest of New Zealand would likely go to the alert level 1.
“While the epidemic is still raging in Auckland, it poses a risk, even a relatively small risk, that a case could be leaked,” he said.
He said it was dangerous for the rest of the country to go to Alert Level 1 while Auckland remained on Alert Level 4.
Planck said that if the current downward trend in cases continued, there was confidence that new cases would reach single digits by the middle of next week. Equipment , Saying that if none of these cases are in the community, Auckland can go to Level 3.
He said keeping the rest of the country on alert level 2 was providing a protective blanket while the necessary workers were crossing the alert level and going to Auckland.
To reach alert level 1, transmission must be confined to Auckland with confidence at city limits, said Michael Baker, an epidemiologist and professor at the University of Otago (Wellington).
There needs to be a continuous day without mysteries.
He also wanted more details on whether there was any change in Level 1 before the change in Alert Level.
“Certainly once there is no evidence of transmission in Auckland, I think they can lower the alert level very quickly and the rest of the country can go to Alert Level 1.”
Although changes in the level of covert alert would be welcomed in most parts of the country, restrictions remain.
Speaking on behalf of many struggling businesses, Lian Watson, chief executive of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, said moving the South Island to Level 1 must be the government’s focus.
He said there was a strong argument for a purposeful MIQ system and said future lockdowns could not be part of New Zealand’s long-term strategy.
“Economically, the cost of the lockdown, along with the cost of running the MIQ, means that this is the right time for the government to consider border options with the industry,” he said.
Late Thursday, Hopkins said he could not say when the country could fall to the warning level 1, but the key factor would be the spread in Auckland.
“While we can quickly believe that the Delta is not present in most parts of the country, its presence in Auckland means we have to continue to be cautious,” he said.
Hopkins said the risk was minimized “as much as possible” in existing MIQ facilities, but added that no system could be completely risk-free.
Chris Bishop, a spokesman for National Cove 19, said the purpose-built MIQ facilities should be part of New Zealand’s border strategy.
The bishop said he would like to see the rest of New Zealand move to Alert Level 1 as soon as possible once it is safe to do so.