Monday , April 19 2021

Covid-19: Fleeing Aucklanders risk spreading the virus through the NZ, says the expert



Aucklanders who fled the city before locking warning level 3 must return home and follow the rules, says Dr. Siouxsie Wiles.

A microbiologist and scientific communicator from the University of Auckland expressed her dissatisfaction on Twitter over reports from Auckland residents who went to their premises after the latest community case was published.

That was “s ….. doing”, she said.

Dr.  Siouxsie Wiles said more caution is needed with this British strain of Covid-19.  (Photo file)

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Dr. Siouxsie Wiles says more caution is needed with this British strain of Covid-19. (Photo file)

“If you incubate the virus, you run the risk of spreading it outside Auckland.”

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Wiles said Things she was unaware of the cases of Aucklanders leaving the region to go to their premises, but she had already heard many used bills.

“We know this has happened in the past,” she said.

According to the New Zealand transport agency Waka Kotahi, traffic from Auckland rose on 15 February when the last level 3 halt was announced.

Figures for Saturday night are not yet available, the agency said.

Traffic affected State Highway 1 at Te Hani at the northernmost point of Auckland when the closure 3 was last announced on 15 February.

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Traffic affected State Highway 1 at Te Hani at the northernmost point of Auckland when the closure 3 was last announced on 15 February.

But Wiles said that even if people traveling to their barns don’t technically break the rules – for example, leaving before the lock, which began on Sundays at 6 a.m., they don’t respect the spirit of the rules.

“I am really worried about people who have been potentially exposed and are now in another part of the country [to Auckland] and are now at a different level of alert and if they are there in places that do not have large medical infrastructure to support many Covid cases. “

Wiles said the Aucklanders should return home and stick to alert level 3 rules at all times.

“The problem we have is that so many people think it’s not them, and people are spreading the virus before they realize they’re infected.”

With just two levels of separation in New Zealand, people may not be aware of who they have been exposed to, and the new version of the UK is more transferable, overseas evidence, she said.


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