The Herald reports:
The highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 is “seated” in Auckland’s gang communities and among rough sleepers, the Ministry of Health has told MPs today.
“If we think about the current outbreak, how it seems to have seated itself in a gang environment and the homeless, these are people that are less likely to be trusting of the health system,” pacific health director Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone said at today’s online select committee briefing on the Government’s response to Covid-19.
Gangs are not just less trusting of the health system – they are less inclined to regard themselves as bound by the law. So when most NZers are following the law around lockdowns etc – why are we surprised that many gang members are not?
Yesterday Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a South Auckland boarding house that provided transitional housing was the focus of a new sub-cluster as cases emerged among residents.
Many in transitional housing are gang members or affiliates.
So the question I have, is how many of the current Covid-19 cases involve gang members or associates?