Analysis: The government wants New Zealand to be open for business until the summer. For large-scale celebrations. – But We have to work hard first. This was the message of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday afternoon.
The cabinet has boldly called for, according to all plans, Auckland to move to 3 alert levels on Wednesday, while the rest of the country will remain at 2 levels for now.
It wouldn’t feel daunting for Aucklanders stuck at level 4 for at least a week. This will be the hardest and longest lockdown any city has ever experienced. And it’s not just a community, it’s the commercial capital of the country and home to 40% of the economy.
But it is a clear indication that Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield’s team has assured the Cabinet that the situation in Auckland is largely under control and that it has made a “principled” decision to ease sanctions within a week.
And while for many firms, Level 3 isn’t much better than Level 4, for many – and at home – it is. Normal click and deposit transmission of all items resumes, some trades may resume and food may be re-ordered. The psychological significance of not having to cook every night for many people – one day after the kids work and work – can be significant in itself.
Level 3 is not Level 1, but it is much better than Level 4.
The positive thing about Bloomfield is that despite the persistent existence of unconnected coveted cases, it is recommended to take the level down in a week, cautious confidence shows.
Of course, belief can be lost in the face of reality, but both Bloomfield and the Prime Minister understand that it is very difficult to pledge anything and take it back, instead of not promising it. That’s what decides, a week ago, boldly.
To return to this “principled” call, the Cabinet will ask: A week ago, things were fine, what did you do wrong?
Just a few months ago, New South Wales Premier Gladys Brejklian and his chief medical officer were saying that the number of cases would get worse before they got better. Even the numbers dropped short. Yet, after a while, the reality was that the numbers had gone from bad to worse. Now the Prime Minister has stopped bothering to give daily briefings, so the numbers are out of control.
Bloomfield, which. Equipment Designated as New Zealand’s unelected politicians of the year 2020., Will be acutely aware of it. As is the Prime Minister. The Ministry of Health is notoriously conservative with its advice, so Auckland should at least be happy with that.
Orders will also not pay attention to whether the rest of the country will go to level 1 at the same time if this happens.
Although we will all know next week whether this hope is guaranteed, other political green shoots are emerging from the coveted soil.
The important thing was that the Prime Minister was adamant that she wanted large-scale celebrations to take place in the summer. There is a lot of speculation that some form of Level 2 lockdown will last for the rest of the year, or that the Level 1 will be different from the last time, making it impossible to hold major events. ۔
But the government believes it could paralyze the summer economy and reasonably stop asking people: if we have to live our lives as a mild imitation of the routine, we can eradicate the virus. What’s the use MIQ again?
The whole point of eliminating delta – if it can be achieved – is to be able to enjoy life.
It will be music in the ears of the Kiwis who hope to go to the Rhythm and Vines Music Festival during the summer, or who have tickets. A stadium with the Guns N ‘Roses in November.
In the meantime, we keep seeing the case numbers on a daily basis.