Auckland is back into level three lockdown. The check points around the city have again been put in place and big events, including the round the bays run have been cancelled.
The caution is understandable. The latest two cases, a son and his mother, were potentially exposed to the UK variant B117 thorough a family member who was a casual contact of the Papatoetoe student. This shows how dangerous the virus is and why the cautious approach is the right thing to do.
There has been some social media blow back, and pointed words from the Prime Minister, against the young man for going to a gym after having had his covid test. From Jason Walls at the Herald:
Aucklanders are back in lockdown for a full week and the rest of New Zealand is at level 2 after a person with Covid-19 visited public locations while symptomatic.
The new case – ‘Case M’ – is a 21-year-old student who attends the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and is the older brother of a Papatoetoe High School student. The man, who also works at Kerry Logistics (Oceania) Limited, went to MIT for three days and to the gym twice – including once after taking a Covid test – when he should have been isolating at home.
I get people’s anger. There is no sign as yet if further transmission has occurred but human beings are spectacularly capable of doing the odd stupid thing.
There are reports that the virus is the UK variant which suggests that the infections are part of the Papatoetoe High School cluster.
The principal, Vaughan Couillault, has done an outstanding job of managing the school and has shown a level of compassion that we all need right now.
From Crystal Wu at Newshub:
Couillault says we shouldn’t judge others unless we’ve walked in their shoes.
“You don’t know their story, you don’t know what it’s like to be a person unless you’ve walked in their shoes.
“We don’t know whether the teenagers have to go to work because they’re the only income-earners in the family, we don’t know if there’s any other truma that the family’s experience – we don’t know any of that stuff.
“So we need to pull back from those positions of judgement and be far more understanding and supportive.”
Keep scanning and washing your hands. And look after each other.