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National Party leader Simon Bridges begs Jacinda Ardern to follow Australian approach to coronavirus

Jacinda Ardern has been asked to consider easing the strict coronavirus restrictions and follow a similar approach to Australia.

New Zealand is about to head into their fourth week of strict level four restrictions which only allows people to leave their homes for essential services and exercise.

The decision to keep the country under level four restrictions will be decided on Monday, but opposition National Party leader Simon Bridges is calling on the government to follow Australia’s approach.  

National Party leader Simon Bridges (pictured) is calling on the government to follow Australia's approach

National Party leader Simon Bridges (pictured) is calling on the government to follow Australia's approach

National Party leader Simon Bridges (pictured) is calling on the government to follow Australia’s approach

‘We should get out of lockdown next week and we should let business and workers get back to it,’ he told The AM Show, Newshub reported. 

‘[Australia] has had very similar health outcomes, but they have had better economic ones.’ 

Mr Bridges said the government should be looking at which business could ‘get up running safely’ as the nation continues to tackle the health and economic outcomes.

He stressed that if New Zealand kept their borders closed, fast testing in place and protective equipment readily available should allow people to get back to work.  

‘I am certainly urging [the Government] as loudly and clearly as I can… let’s come out of lockdown, we can do what Australia fundamentally has done.’ 

The Nationals leader explained that Australia will come out with lower employment due to allowing some businesses to continue running.   

The unemployment rate has soared to 26 per cent in New Zealand and has been deemed ‘unacceptable’ by finance minister Grant Robertson. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has been asked to ease restrictions and allow people to go back to work

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has been asked to ease restrictions and allow people to go back to work

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has been asked to ease restrictions and allow people to go back to work

Mr Robertson has also asked the government to ’emerge from level four restrictions’ as soon as possible while sticking to the rules.   

The decision to ease restrictions or increase them will be decided on Monday based on the latest data and modelling in case of another outbreak. 

New Zealand currently has 1,072 positive cases of coronavirus with 628 recoveries. A total of nine people have died from the deadly disease.   

Source: Daily Mail New Zealand

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