Falling COVID level poses a risk
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A member of the Maori Pandemic Response Group Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā is disappointed with the decision to ease restrictions as the number of daily COVID-19 cases remains high.
From midnight, Auckland will drop to 3.2 conditions, which means that Auckland’s shops and public facilities can reopen and outdoor gatherings can reach 25 people.
The far north fell back to level 2 on Thursday evening, after being upgraded to level 3 last week because authorities were unsure of the origin of two cases near Kaitaia.
Public health expert Sue Crengle said a few more weeks without changing levels would have given providers a chance to increase Maori immunization levels.
She says especially in Northland, health authorities need to be convinced there is more community spread before they lower levels.
“If there is no other community spread, going down one level, a sure thing to do, but if there is another community spread that we haven’t identified yet, then there is has a risk that with the descent to level 2, it gives the virus a little more leeway to move among the whānau, ”explains Dr Crengle.