Expert calls for supermarkets to close

The Herald reports:

There were 82 new Covid community cases announced today, and one in MIQ, bringing the total number of cases in the Delta outbreak to 429. The total number of community cases in Auckland is now 415, with 14 in Wellington.

Hendy said today’s case numbers were “discouraging”.

“Obviously we would like to see these numbers start to come down.”

However, there was some good news.

“It does seem like the growth in cases is coming from known clusters – that is a positive.

“While it is still in known clusters, you can’t say it’s out of control.”

He said an uncontrolled outbreak would see cases double every one or two days, which was not the case with this outbreak.

Hendy said tightening restrictions could even include thinking about “selectively closing supermarkets” and other essential businesses.

Everytime someone says we must follow the advice of scientists, I think I will remind them of this advice that we should fight Covid by making it illegal for people to be able to buy food.

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