Despite the leadership shown by Jacinda to go hard and early, Delta’s long tail is spoiling things by refusing to play nice.
My guess is that Auckland will remain in level 4 until at least the 20th.
What is exacerbating this fight against Covid is the extreme poverty so prevalent in South Auckland, that poverty is helping spread the virus.
I believe that Covid will be spread by the travelling rich and paid for by the poor.
If we want to combat Covid, you must first combat poverty.
Overcrowding, poor health, poor housing, poor diet and a shadow community of overstayers are all combining to make Covid impossible to defeat.
We should grant amnesty to all overstayers if they agree to vaccinate and we need to urgently fix the housing crisis while boosting free breakfasts and lunches in all South Auckland schools.
If we don’t fight poverty, we can’t beat Covid, but that’s not the only issue here.
The world Auckland returns to as it comes out of level 4, is the world the rest of NZ are facing now – a far less free society.
Masks in public, masks in schools, the mandatory collection of all our locations – this is a less free NZ than we left. This is a NZ that curtails our freedoms despite the increased sacrifice of lockdown.
Battling poverty to stop Covid while being left with a less free society despite our collective sacrifice is going to be frustrating and for many, angering.
With barely 30% vaccinated, there is no way we won’t go back into lockdown even if we beat his current outbreak.
But that’s a glimmer of normalcy we can’t obtain until at least 80% vaccination.
Remember, this pandemic is but the first global shock wave of the climate crisis where overpopulation and jowl to cheek living arrangements make for the perfect pandemic. If we struggle past Covid we enter a world where external shocks caused by extreme weather events become the norm.
We need to start accepting that in a post growth world, 2019 was as good as it got.
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