On 23 March the NZ government declared a Level 3 State of Emergency, to be quickly upgraded on the 25 March to Level 4, which meant the suspension of civil liberties, and of virtually all social activity and all ’non-essential‘ commercial activity. It is questionable whether the imposition of the lockdown can be legally justified, or its continuation.
How the government and its officers see the threat
At the regular press briefings we are told (repeatedly):
Ashley Bloomfield (Director-General of Health) ‚As we have seen around the world, Covid-19 CAN be a deadly disease – particularly for older people, and those with underlying pre-existing health issues.‘ (Bloomfield’s emphasis)
Jacinda Ardern (Prime Minister): ‚our older NZers, and those with underlying health issues, are BY FAR at the most risk.‘ […] (Ardern’s emphasis)
Caroline McElnay (Director of Public Health): ‚As we have said previously, this can be a very serious disease, particularly…
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