Sunday Panel: Was lockdown the right approach this week?

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 7 Mar 2021, 12:59PM
Cars line up outside the testing station at Papatoetoe High School on day one of the first alert level-3 Auckland lockdown. Photo / Dean Purcell
Cars line up outside the testing station at Papatoetoe High School on day one of the first alert level-3 Auckland lockdown. Photo / Dean Purcell

Sunday Panel: Was lockdown the right approach this week?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 7 Mar 2021, 12:59PM

As Auckland moves out of Alert Level 3, many in the city are hoping to not find themselves in that position again - while counting themselves lucky it was only a week. 

Auckland moved down to Level 2 this morning, and the rest of the country down to Level 1, after a week at higher alert levels due to the threat of Covid-19 exposure at various locations due to a positive case being out in the community instead of self-isolating. 

The case was also made trickier due to conflicting public advice around self-isolating requirements. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins revealed the Government was reviewing whether some of the public advice was too complicated, following claims from some people they had received mixed messages about whether they should be self-isolating.

In one case, a woman went to work at KFC, saying she had been told she did not have to isolate - and later tested positive for Covid. The woman's actions raised the ire of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"It is a constant learning exercise and we will now have the opportunity to sort of do a bit of a debrief and say okay what did we do well [and] if we had to do this again what would we do differently?" Hipkins told Newstalk ZB.

Shane Te Pou and Lorna Subritzky joined Francesca Rudkin to discuss the last week, if they supported the lockdown, and what should be considered next time.

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