Red Is Dead, RIP traffic light system

“The government’s decision not to use the red setting of the traffic light system confirms what the ACT has been saying for months about the traffic light system, it is redundant and should be scrapped,” the chief said. from ACT, David Seymour.

“The traffic light system began as a matrix of masking, tracing, vaccination requirements and crowd size limits. Now it comes down to two restrictions, masks in orange and crowd size limits in red, there is no longer a need for a traffic light system to reflect two conditions.

“The government should gut the system, along with the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act that underpins the restrictions. We are still facing a serious hospital demand problem, but ineffective rules do not help.

“The real failure of the government is that, two and a half years into the pandemic, hospital capacity is the same or less than it was at the start. Labor has borrowed $76bn net over the past two financial years but has failed to improve hospital capacity.

“Too little, too late.

“Today’s announcement takes government policy to where ACT’s Move On paper recommended on 24 February this year. Masking and hardening makes sense, other COVID restrictions don’t pass basic cost-benefit analysis.

“Today the government has opted for this policy (plus additional availability of antivirals and telling schools to open classroom windows in the middle of winter). The problem is that it took a absolute crisis in hospitals across the country before they act.

“The government does not have a long-term strategy to deal with the pandemic. They haven’t even clearly defined the goals of the COVID response. It is only when the situation becomes serious that they focus on protecting hospital capacity.

“There will be more variations, there will be more COVID waves. At this stage, the government invents as it goes, only announcing new approaches when the situation reaches a crisis point.

“If the government had delivered on its December promise to increase hospital capacity, including the $100 million promised for new intensive care beds at the time, and had implemented ACT’s Move On policy hiding and strengthening with purpose, we would be in a much better place than we are today.

“Unfortunately, New Zealanders are prone to COVID scare and COVID fatigue because the government has lost sight of its goals.

“Under ploughing, the only illumination we get is from gaslighting. He claims against all rational evidence that stocks are not the reason our healthcare system is collapsing, our businesses are closing, and our COVID cases are continuing to rise.

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