Kerre McIvor: We know what to do about Covid, why doesn't the government?

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 24 Jun 2021, 10:59AM
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Kerre McIvor: We know what to do about Covid, why doesn't the government?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 24 Jun 2021, 10:59AM

Ladies and gentlemen, this is not our first rodeo.  We know what to do.  As we move up the alert levels, our behaviours change and certain things are expected of us.

Wearing masks in public places and on public transport, no crowds larger than 100, staying away from others at the first sign of a sniffle, checking in religiously - yep, we've all got it. 

So why haven’t the government and the Ministry of Health?  There were reports yesterday that people were being turned away from testing stations in Wellington and frustration building as people who were trying to do the right thing were unable to fulfil their social contract by being tested. 

Tim Dower questioned the Health Minister on this this morning asking why there wasn't a plan in place to activate when a Covid case has been identified in the community.

We've seen what happens when there are reports of Covid cases cropping up, people want, people need, people are told they need to be tested. 

Of course people aren't sitting around twiddling their thumbs, but isn't there a flying squad of testers that can be galvanised within 12 hours, rather than slowly creaking into gear over two and a half days?

For heaven's sake.