I don’t want to sound like I’m blowing my own trumpet, but New Zealand had been doing pretty well when it came to deal with Covid-19, relatively speaking. We got to a point where we had no known cases of community transmission, for 102 days! The only way the virus was going to get into our country now would be through the borders, from returning Kiwis. We have quarantine facilities in place where everyone who returns must stay for 14 days and be tested twice before being allowed out. It would be pretty weird then, if the virus just like popped out of nowhere in some big city with no known connection.
Does this sound familiar? Well this is exactly what happened here. The government did an emergency announcement Tuesday night and told us that a family in Auckland were diagnosed with Covid-19, with no known connections. Now all of Auckland, with a population of 1.5 million, has been put back into lockdown. The rest of the country has the alert level raised, which basically means that gathering sizes are limited and social distancing must be maintained. Does this sound a bit extreme? I don’t know, what we did worked last time and dozens of cases have arose from the original four already.
It might sound a bit petty for me to gripe about this, given that many of you come from countries dealing with millions of cases, but it still feels like a bit of a bummer. A lot of hard work was done for us to get our country into an enviable position, and now that hard work will potentially be undone. It seems like even the countries that have done really well with Covid-19 must be able to deal with fresh outbreaks again; Australia, Vietnam and Hong Kong come to mind. Until we somehow get a cure for this virus, we will just have to live with it again and again. There is no quick fix and we all must play the long game.
Anyways enough whining from me. Stay safe everybody, and all that good stuff.