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Auckland’s Mayor, Phil Goff, said to Morning Report on Thursday that it would be premature to go into lockdown as of right now following two Returnees who left managed isolation and became COVID-19 positive; including the 56-year-old woman who was confirmed as a Northland Community Case on January 24.
“It’s the last resort. If we need to do it, we’d have to do it, but nobody wants to do it, and nobody sees that in being critical in the absence of evidence that there has been wider spread in the community by these cases,” said Mayor Phil Goff.
Businesses and the livelihood of business owners were more valued. Health was also important, according to Mr Goff, but he advised that it would be a ‘last resort’ to turn to if a lockdown were to happen.
He advised that people should not get tested if they do not need to get tested, which allows room to test vulnerable people who may have been close contacts of a COVID-19 case in the community.
“Don’t get tested if you don’t need to be tested. That’s a burden we carry for the rest of the country,” said Mayor Phil Goff.
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