Coronavirus: The focus for this week is very important for lockdown

Coronavirus: The focus for this week is very important for lockdown

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The focus this week is shutting down the pathways of the virus to spread, through testing and contact tracing.

“I hope despite the obvious restrictions that you have still been able to observe and acknowledge Easter in a way that is meaningful to all of you.”

“The online church congregations, backyard Easter egg hunts or simply coming together for a special meal either within your bubble or with others virtually.”

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“From what I’ve seen is New Zealanders have been pretty creative in the way they have marked Easter; despite the circumstances,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

“As you have heard from the Director of General Ashley Bloomfield that we have been reminded that these past few days, why we are doing what we are doing is we share news of another death in New Zealand as of a result of COVID-19.”

“It is a timely reminder that our battle with this virus is far from over.”

“Even one case can become many. Our clusters have shown that; a simple act of coming together for a social occasion, something that previously would have of been considered normal can lead to more than 80 cases as we have seen,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

“If the virus reaches more people in vulnerable communities like rest homes and aged care facilities where 3 of our 5 deaths have occurred. We’ve been lucky to date that the virus is not evident in some of our communities where people often live in closer quarters and, in larger numbers, and that too poses a risk if lockdown is lifted before we have firm evidence that the virus is under control and that there isn’t silent community transmission.”

“Our number of cases may be small, but that doesn’t mean that we have yet been successful in hunting this virus down; one positive can be indicative of other cases in the community, that is why we must keep going, and that is something that I’d like to remind something for people of today,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

We are not in a position to move our of level 4 this early nor can we afford to change anything that we are doing while we are here at this stage.

“I say them to those that have broken the rules this weekend that it could take one case among you to have an outbreak that could lead to dozens of infections that could involve death,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

“New Zealand does not take this challenge lightly and nor should you.”

The decision will not be taken to change level 4 alert lockdown levels until April 20th said Ardern.

“We need to use the most up to date live data that we have, and we will.”

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Level 3 will have significant restrictions also,

“We should consider it a waiting room,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

“We want to check that we have genuinely got things under control and that we are on track to stamp out the virus, that then allows us to make decisions around whether we are ready to move to a level two.”

The focus this week is shutting down the pathways of the virus to spread through testing and contact tracing.

Later this week, the details for different alert levels will be released.

This week:

The treasury will release a series of economic scenarios of the potential impact of COVID-19 on unemployment, GDP and the ability for the economy to recover.

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The treasury’s weekly economic update will now be expanded to incl additional indicators of economic activity for there to be regular and up to date data on what is happening in the economy.

On Wednesday, the Finance minister will deliver an online speech to Business NZ, setting up steps on the plan to cushion the impact of lockdown incl. Further measures to assist businesses. The minister will also set out a revised approach to budgeting 2020.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will release further details on what level 3 and 2 alert levels will look like beyond the framework that had been set out a few weeks ago (the alert level tables)

Ardern said that she wants to put more details on that, to help businesses, help transport health, recreation and education.

In between this time frame, Jacinda Ardern will be talking to sector leaders as they finalize the details around the alert levels beyond what’s already in the public domain.

“Week three may in-fact feel the hardest,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

“We’re coming around the bend but can’t quite see the finish line.”

“New Zealander’s efforts have been huge; because of your work, we are in a position that many other countries are not. But now is not the time to deviate as the minister for sport recently told me that we couldn’t squander a big half time leave by letting up or getting overall confident. Please stay home, please stay in your bubble, please help to break the chain of transmission to save lives,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

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