PATTRICK SMELLIE: A critical week for the lockdown

PATTRICK SMELLIE: A critical week for the lockdown
Pattrick Smellie
This will be a critical week for the government and for the covid-19 lockdown.Wednesday will mark the mid-point of the 28-day national confinement and, by then, if the current stable trends in infection rates continue, the clamour for relaxation will be intense.The important trend is that testing has increased, but reported infection rates have not.The cautious, but still premature, conclusion to be drawn is that perhaps New Zealand has escaped significant levels of community transmission and that the incredible cost to the national economy of...

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