Too late, too soft, too slow

Parliament featured a rare show of unity yesterday after the government declared a state of emergency.

This gives it extraordinary powers which are deemed an acceptable response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The cross party support doesn’t mean the government is above criticism.

The rapidly increasing number of people with the disease, following the trend of other countries which were ahead of us and with which we are fast catching up,  gives credence to the view that the government’s escalation of alerts came too late.

A six-day delay in results of tests for the disease means testing is too slow. The only way to shorten the period of lockdown is more tracing.

And the tougher border controls are still too soft.

. . . Ardern said the Government would further tighten its already stringent border restrictions, including mandatory screening for the limited numbers of people who are legally still allowed to enter.

Anybody who displayed symptoms of Covid-19, could not demonstrate a clear plan for self-isolation, or could not travel to their usual residence while maintaining physical distancing, would be put into “approved facilities” for a period of quarantine. . .

This is a definite improvement on what has been happening, but it is still not going hard enough.

Everyone who comes into the country must be quarantined.

That is the only way to be as sure as we can be that  no-one coming here could spread the disease to others.

The country-wide lock down is unprecedented.

It gives the government and its agencies sweeping and draconian powers that severely curtail our ability to work, move, socialise, and travel.

It will come at a huge economic and social cost.

Jobs have already been lost, more will be. Businesses will fail. Charities will be over-stretched and some of them will fail too. Education is being disrupted. Liberty has been curtailed.

Domestic violence will increase. Children who depend on school for food will go hungry.

The only justification for this is that the disease chain is broken and dies out in the shortest possible time.

Four weeks lockdown will be hard. Any extension because links in the disease chain are still connected will be harder still.

The only way to be sure all links are cut is to be strict about the lockdown that has been imposed and just as strict at the border to ensure that everyone who could have, or be carrying, the disease, is quarantined.

2 Responses to Too late, too soft, too slow

  1. adamsmith1922 says:

    Reblogged this on The Inquiring Mind.


  2. Andrei says:

    I agree with Damien Grant. my position mirrors his

    I also think it will fail- in the long term COVID-19 will only fully burn out when th entire world’s population has been exposed. We may put it off this winter but it will return next winter because pockets of it will persist in the wilder remote areas of this planet to provide a source for the next outbreak

    I also think that within a few years we will see a new corona virus COVID-22 or COVID-23, whatever, and are we going to repeat this exercise for that?

    Another thought, this lock down is also going to produce its own fatalities – suicides, which have already, started, murders in domestic situations and stress related deaths from heart attacks and strokes will surely increase – humans are social creatures and social creatures in isolation do not do well.

    I am a gregarious fellow, I enjoy causal conversation when I’m out an about -a quick chat with the supermarket checkout operater, gas station attendant sort of thing – nothing deep, what are you doing over the long weekend? sort of of thing. People usually like to be noticed and their existance acknowledged but a distinctive change over the past week is the desire for people to avoid interactions – which concerns me – people are suspicious of other people now, even peope they know, because they perceive them as a threat. That is sad.

    I got rebuked in the supermarket yesterday because I didn’t fully understand the rules about placing your items on the conveyer belt – they weren’t written down – others were but not those -the woman was quite rude

    And I fear we are producing a generation of OCD compulsive hand washers and germophobes from those currently in primary school -Howard Hugh’s syndrome which for him was born in a typhoid epidemic during his formtive years – and this is a demographic almost entirely unaffected by COVID-19


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