Dawn Chorus: Circuit breaker lockdown?

Hendy suggests circuit-breaker level four lockdown for Auckland; Jackson locking off lower half of North Island and all of South Island; Cabinet considering vaccination mandates

TLDR & TLDL: The weekend spike in Covid cases to a six-week high of 60 and the spread of cases over the weekend to Whangārei and Katikati has sparked calls from modeller Shaun Hendy for a ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown in Auckland, while immunologist Rod Jackson wants harder borders for the lower half of the North Island and all of the South Island.

The push for vaccination is on in earnest, and there are also calls for hard borders to protect the currently Covid-free lower North Island, Wellington and the South Island. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/The Kaka

Meanwhile, Cabinet will consider vaccination mandates for healthcare workers later today as calls grow for wider mandates to drive vaccination rates well north of 90% before Christmas. (Stuff) (NZ Herald)

Watch for a post-cabinet news conference late this afternoon for a decision on Auckland’s current level three-stage one settings, along with more detail on the level three lockdowns in the Waikato and Northland, which was sent there yesterday a…

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