David Seymour: Northland COVID-19 Community Case location delay is ‘reckless’

David Seymour: Northland COVID-19 Community Case location delay is ‘reckless’

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ACT Leader David Seymour says New Zealand should avoid having to go into another Alert Level Lockdown over the recent Northland Community Case announcement.

“If today’s probable case of Covid-19 in Northland turns out to be community transmission the Government’s overarching objective must be avoiding another lockdown,” said Seymour.

Seymour hopes that the news returns as a false alarm, however, the case is still under investigation meaning more details are yet to be revealed in regards to locations of potential close contacts and businesses that the case visited.

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Seymour says that the delay in giving locations of where the infected COVID-19 case attended is ‘reckless’ — taking every day into account that more people may get infected.

“The delay on sharing locations where COVID infected person is reckless. Every day counts now. People want to take responsibility such as self-isolating and testing but can only do so with appropriate info (and test centres being ready).”

Mass testing will be the first thing put underway to ensure the virus is not any-more in the community around Northland and the country.

“We know very few people in Northland have been getting tested, with Ministry of Health statistics show only 282 tests were carried out over the past week, down from 328 the week before,” said Seymour.

“This will also be a huge test of whether tracking and tracing have improved since the system was last tested in August. Much will rest on where the source of this potential outbreak was in managed isolation. Did they travel to Northland from Auckland or further afield?”

The Government accordingly must further be transparent about this situation due to the nature of the community case.

“We hope the Government succeeds in containing any cases as soon as possible,” concluded Seymour.

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