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Alert Level 2 Continuation A Slap In The Face To New Zealanders

Published: Mon 14 Sep 2020 01:24 PM
“Keeping New Zealand at Alert Level 2 shows the Government has failed at its Covid-19 response,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.
"The Government says it has done a great job, and we must stay locked down. They cannot have it both ways. Either the Government has failed, or the restrictions can be lifted.
“Six months into this epidemic, the only tool the Government has is lockdowns. This approach is not sustainable
“New Zealanders are understandably becoming increasingly frustrated at the rules and restrictions they’re facing because the Government didn’t go hard or early enough.
“New Zealand was a 60th country in the world to have Covid-19 arrive, we had 102 days of being Covid free to improve our response and it took the Government 192 days to require border staff be tested.
“The restrictions on the South Island are particularly harsh. There hasn’t been any community transition there in the latest outbreak, but they’ve been unable to go about their daily lives.
“Many in the hospitality business are allowed to open but cannot make money doing so. It is death by two thousand cuts. A thousand last lockdown and another thousand now.
“There should have been a crowd for South Canterbury vs North Otago at the weekend. The Government has repeatedly told us a strong health approach would lead to an open economy and yet Auckland had to endure another lockdown and we’ve missed out on the Rugby Championship.
ACT’s approach learns from Taiwan and includes:New Zealand Epidemic Response Unit: Based on Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command CentreGovernment as referee, not player: Allow alternative facilities for safe, electronically-monitored isolation, with strict punishment for rule-breakersRisk-weighted: Treat different countries and travellers with different levels of cautionTechnology-driven: Such as COVID card, ëlarm, rapid tests, temperature checks and thermal camerasContinuous improvement: Constantly compare ourselves with the best and seek to strengthen our resistance.
“If we want to enhance New Zealanders’ overall wellbeing, we must get a lot smarter. A Party Vote for ACT is a vote to tackle COVID-19 intelligently.”

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