Lockdowns are the Government’s primary tool for cracking down on Covid-19 clusters that are deemed to be spreading beyond control. And, until Saturday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had never flip-flopped on a lockdown decision.
But exactly a year after the first Covid-19 case in New Zealand was discovered, Ardern for the first time ordered Auckland back into lockdown for the same cluster which Cabinet felt was under control after a three-day lockdown more than a week earlier.
That’s an interesting point. This is our fourth lockdown and the other three were all for new outbreaks. This is the first lockdown which is for the same cluster as a previous lockdown. It is the first lockdown flip-flop.