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New Zealand imposes 3-day lockdown on Auckland after 3 new local COVID-19 cases

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Smart, better to be safe than sorry.

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I am a supporter of Masks, social distancing, vaccines, etc...

But using NZ as some sort of success story is a bit of a joke.

All NZ has done is repeat failed isolationism from medieval plague Europe.

Basically close the castle to the outside, then have no choice to deal with the outside for needed things in comes the infection again and back to closing the castle again. Rise repeat, rises repeat and in the end as it has been over the centuries this fails.

Why do we never learn from history isolationism has never succeeded for just about anything.

-14 ( +8 / -22 )

Never learn? Quite the opposite. NZ has seen how fast the new variants spread and enough deaths overseas that could have been prevented to know better. Bold and fast action leads to results.

12 ( +18 / -6 )

3people get notified, Japan 460 odd nothing.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

This will probably prove to be an overreaction. The mother was almost certainly infected through her job, and hopefully there is no spread beyond the immediate family.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Talk about an unsustainable strategy ...

-5 ( +8 / -13 )

with the source of the infections unknown

What this means is like a zillion people commenting here will tell us all that Japan is stupid because they do not test everyone. Bull dinky.

Do posters here want the govt. to test every single citizen weekly over and over and over again? Give me a break.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

3 day lockdown? Why not another one month lockdown?

Getting a bit cold feet?

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

All NZ has done is repeat failed isolationism from medieval plague Europe.

Failed? I see them having an absolute normal life exactly because of their current isolationist and proactive attitude every time there are new cases. No masks no nothing.

NZ is a case of success, and an example of what should be done to protect its citizens.

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NZ is a case of success, and an example of what should be done to protect its citizens.

Only as long as they don't mind living alone in their little corner no visitors, no tourist, no traveling to other countries, etc... Then it is a success.

Now lets try that with other countries that are not located in the middle of nowhere.

It would be interesting to see all the countries in the EU close their borders to rest of their EU neighbours, let's bring back the European feudalism, now expand that to North America, South America, Asia.

Yeah great plan real practical for the rest of us that don't live on 2 tiny islands.

-2 ( +9 / -11 )

I see them having an absolute normal life

Either you don't live in Japan, or you haven't been out much. Business as usual here in Japan.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

AkulaToday  04:45 pm JST

This will probably prove to be an overreaction. The mother was almost certainly infected through her job, and hopefully there is no spread beyond the immediate family.

The problem is that the mother last went to work on Feb 5th which means she has been in the community for the last 9 days. The family has also traveled around the North Island in that time.

We're at least 5 days behind in contact tracing, hence the lockdown.

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KutanToday  05:56 pm JST

I see them having an absolute normal life

Either you don't live in Japan, or you haven't been out much. Business as usual here in Japan.

It is not normal when you are living under the threat of contracting a deadly virus every time you go out and you have to wear a mask and avoid large social gatherings.

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It is not normal when you are living under the threat of contracting a deadly virus every time you go out and you have to wear a mask and avoid large social gatherings

It is also not normal when you are confined to your little island where no one can leave or enter.

When everything is under state control and restrictions.

I can just imagine the reaction if Japan had done the same.

Do you all remember how so many here were upset that Japan wouldn't let non Japanese return if they left.

Now imagine if Japan did like NZ stopped you from leaving or returning.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

New Zealanders can leave and return.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

New Zealanders can leave and return

Then shut the country again after a new case if found.

So basically the medieval castle mentality like I said.

Ah yes the castle NZ.

Good luck with doing the same in countries not isolated in the middle of nowhere.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Antiquesaving, New Zealanders can come and go, there's no-one (including the Government) here stopping us, so I don't what are you talking about?

However, I am currently trying to get back into Japan (An have been waiting for over 8 months) but the Japanese Government have blocked off all avenues to get back so its the absolute opposite to your statement.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Yeah I’ll never understand why people get so uptight about the success NZ has had. Sure, there might be other countries worthy of mention too and yes mistakes have been made in NZ, but I’d feel much safer and happier there than I do in Japan right now. The action (or reaction if you want to be pedantic) taken is decisive and quick as opposed to most countries where the authorities sit on their hands or twiddle their thumbs and in the meantime their economies are suffering from continued lackluster controls which ultimately just prolong the situation for everybody. NZ has done well. Get over it.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Either you don't live in Japan, or you haven't been out much. Business as usual here in Japan

You are absolutely right.

Let me rephrase:

Failed? I see them having an absolute normal life, without the high risk of getting infected with the virus, unlike in Tokyo where everything is being covered up since day 1 to force a large sports event (Olympics) to go ahead.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

People in New Zealand must be happy with the response, they get to go about daily life like before. I think most people are happy to be 'stuck' at home for a beautiful summer. In saying that, I think there is definitely fear and anxiety within NZ regarding Covid. In Japan I don't feel or see any fear around me here, despite there being cases around. It's a completely different mentality. The Japanese have lived through much worse times.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Seems like a practical solution.

Shut down a city Everytime someone has a cough.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Japan (An have been waiting for over 8 months) but the Japanese Government have blocked off all avenues to get back so its the absolute opposite to your statement.

Then if that is the case, you are not Japanese or have residency. So nothing different from NZ rules, non citizens non residents cannot enter barring a few exceptions.

But then my point stands, unless the country is isolated the NZ method is not feasible for most places.

Europe would have to erect hundreds if not thousands of internal border checkpoints between all the EU member states.

USA, Canada, Mexico borders are already a mess because of the closures with families on both sides cut off,

Honestly I wonder how any logical thinker can see the NZ way being possible in most of the rest of the world.

Oh it could be possible in Japan, Taiwan, and a few more island States but not in Europe, Asia, North or South America, or Africa. Think logically. Just take the landlocked countries in South America and Africa, take the USA territories located inside Canada or that baring air or see travel are not accessable without going through Canada.

Yes I guess what I am saying needs knowledge of geography, international borders, and logic.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

It is not normal when you are living under the threat of contracting a deadly virus every time you go out

Well, seeing how many go out here , it seems many do not feel that threat. Threat and fear depends on the mind (and media brainwashing)

0 ( +3 / -3 )

When you compare New Zealand to Japan you have complete polar opposites. One has done everything they can to protect their citizens and the other, well not so much so.

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