Jacinda Ardern urges New Zealanders to “call out” Covid-19 rule-breakers, as public anger builds over a series of infringements that forced the country’s largest city back into lockdown
New Zealand PM urges public to ‘call out’ family & friends who break Covid-19 rules, who let down ‘team of five million’
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged obedient members of the public to call out violators of coronavirus rules, as it emerged people have been concealing Covid-19 contacts.
Speaking on Monday about recent Covid-19 cases that are linked to breaches of anti-coronavirus restrictions, Ardern aimed mighty jabs at rule breakers.
Ruling out punishments for the violators handed out directly by the government, and citing the separation of police and state, the PM urged the public to take the matter into their own hands and “call out” any rule-breakers they spot, family and friends included.
The angry remarks from the PM come as it emerged that, in one of the latest coronavirus cases, the infected person had concealed their contacts from the disease tracers. Two women, one of whom had already been told to self-isolate, had gone for a walk together in defiance of the restriction.
The new transmissions prompted the PM over the weekend to send the city of Auckland into a new seven-day lockdown within just one month. Employing tough restrictions and promptly squashing coronavirus clusters, New Zealand has fared quite well during the pandemic, detecting only some 2,300 cases, including 26 deaths.