Ardern confirms full 4 week lockdown, uncertain after that

In a media conference today Jacinda Ardern confirmed what seemed obvious, the initial lockdown period of 4 weeks is the minimum, but gave only general ideas of what might happen from there.

RNZ Live Covid-19 updates:

PM doesn’t want New Zealand to be at level 4 any longer than needed but there is no plan to lift it earlier than the four weeks it’s set out for.

All actions we have taken to date are to minimise the amount of time we are at level four, she says.

We are determined to make sure that we stamp out Covid-19. That means broader testing and in particular surveillance testing, more and faster contact tracing and strong enforcement of the lockdown rules and border controls.

PM says country be at level 4 for four weeks because it takes time for symptoms to be seen and some people may have passed on Covid-19 before the lockdown and those symptoms will only just be starting to be seen now.

Because of the time lag in the virus “rearing its head” the PM says four weeks is necessary at level four lockdown.

PM says we need to be absolutely sure we’re not missing ‘silent outbreaks’ and this is why surveillance testing is important.

Four weeks of lockdown is so important – “we need to stay the course”.

Down the track some regions may experience outbreak while others aren’t. That means New Zealand needs to have the flexibility to move between the alert levels in different parts of the country once lockdown lifts.

On quarantines:

On whether there should be mandatory quarantine of all overseas New Zealanders returning, the PM says she’s already asked for this work to be done.

She says the country will only continue to see border controls ramp up but the government needs to make sure whatever is done can be sustained for a long time.

PM says, as soon as we’re ready you’ll hear me say more about it.


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  1. Gezza

     /  6th April 2020

    Just received this email:

    “Hello Macpac Customer,

    Thank you very much for your recent order with us.

    As you may have seen, the New Zealand government has deemed products that keep you warm as “essential goods”. Selected Macpac products fall into these categories.

    Macpac will now be able to pick and dispatch anything on your order in our Warehouse / DC (stock permitting) that falls into one of these categories. Anything that isn’t considered an “essential item” will be able to be sent once the Level 4 restrictions are lifted, and will be dispatched separately at no added cost. Items not considered essential: equipment/accessories/shorts/pants/shirts/t-shirts for example.

    If there are any essential items on your order that we can ship, you will get an automatic email letting you know, including a PBT Couriers tracking number. Please be aware you may receive an email to let you know your order has been delivered, but it is referring to the package rather than your whole / completed order.

    We hope this helps at this difficult time, and that you and your “bubble” are safe and well.

    Kind regards,”

    Great news.

    • David

       /  6th April 2020

      Finally something for the country to celebrate Gezza.

      • Duker

         /  6th April 2020

        I had foresight , did I mention that before?..well I got some snazzy Swandri when stores were open and none of that usual peasant chic they used to sell.
        Only problem it’s best in driving rain and we haven’t had a drop

  2. Gezza

     /  6th April 2020

    Is it? 🤔

    Ok. I’ll notify the media when I hear it’s about to be delivered. 😉

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  6th April 2020

      The lunatics are definitely in charge of this asylum.

  3. Gezza

     /  6th April 2020

    Just saw this on 1News at 6:

    “Tauranga school girl Lucinda penned a letter to the PM seeking an exemption for the fluffy friend to “go into people’s bubbles this Easter”.

    During her weekly post-cabinet press conference, 1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch McKay told Jacinda Ardern she’d had correspondence from viewers who were concerned about whether the Easter Bunny would be allowed an exemption to break bubbles.”

    The Easter Bunny is an essential worker, Prime Minister Jacinda has said, but she did warn it might not make it to all homes this year.”

    Outrageous decision. Dentists are nearly impossible to access at the moment.

    Hope the damn thing has to wear PPE & keep 2m social distance from everyone on the property. Any breaches – the slammer ! 😡

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  6th April 2020

    Can’t tell anything yet. Was today’s downturn just a Sunday artifact? She’s trying to produce news when there isn’t anything and the only rational thing to be deciding is how to get rid of this essential criterion crap and replace it by one based on safety. That might require bringing in some replacement brains.

    • Gezza

       /  6th April 2020

      Don’t be silly. The ones they’ve got are like brand new: they are very expensive, but a few of them haven’t even been used.

    • Duker

       /  6th April 2020

      Wilco you can’t talk, after wasting your huffing and puffing about it’s not legal…it’s beyond their powers…it’s a dictatorship…and loosing every time you missed the really interesting bit about people being able to claim compensation from the actions of the chief medical officer where it’s affected them. Put your claim into the District Court, while you can as they could shut the door on NEW claims pretty soon

  5. Gezza

     /  6th April 2020

    “Two men received serious injuries after allegedly being stabbed in a fight relating to the coronavirus lockdown.

    The incident took place in the Whangārei suburb of Raumanga on Sunday afternoon.”

    Good luck with dobbing in your neighbours for breaching lockdown rules in some parts of the country.


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