New Zealand debates punishing ‘rule-breakers’ who get Covid


Keep in mind that Covid has a survival rate in the high range of 99%, with only the elderly or those with co-morbidities seriously at risk. Putting an entire city or nation in virtual imprisonment in the futile hope of arresting a virus seems like madness to me, and yet so terrified of the virus are the kiwis that the two major parties outdo each other in advocating punitive lockdown measures. With a minority population starting to feel resentment, and perhaps a bit less compliant and with less of a sense of being on "a team of five million," there may be trouble ahead in Auckland, if the PM (who is in the capital, Wellington, not Auckland) continues with her harsh approach.

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