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As we move into phase three of the Government’s Covid plan and learn to live with Covid in the community, I would have to wonder whether this government can continue to justify locking thousands of New Zealanders out of their own country.
Yesterday we had 6137 community cases recorded of Omicron in the country. There would be many, many more than that. There were 338 cases detected at the border.
So, given that, how on Earth can the Government justify keeping up these facilities? Even excluding the humanitarian concerns, I am absolutely certain that defence personnel and the police and the numerous bureaucrats involved in running MIQ could be better deployed elsewhere.
Continuing with restrictions that simply don't make any sense will ultimately do more harm than the virus will ever do.