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The Prime Minister on Sunday announced tough measures would come into force after the nation recorded its first confirmed community transmission of the super-contagious strain.
As of midnight Sunday, the country has shifted from ‘orange’ to the stricter ‘red’ settings on its traffic light-style system for Covid-19 management.
Red settings require additional mask use in public settings, require hospitality venues to cap indoor patrons at 100 and seat them all, a cap that also applies to events and gatherings.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) announced on Sunday all of New Zealand would be placed on the Code Red Covid footing from 11.59pm
The restrictions even saw Ms Ardern announce her wedding to long-term partner Clarke Gayford, scheduled to take place later this month near Gisborne, on the North Island’s eastern coast, would be postponed.
But Morgan was quick to slam the Prime Minister’s crackdown given New Zealand’s high vaccination rate.
‘Given over 90% of New Zealand’s eligible population has had at least 2 doses of covid vaccine, and Omicron is indisputably a significantly less severe strain of the virus, I’m not sure why Jacinda Ardern is implementing draconian new restrictions & cancelling her wedding?’ he Tweeted on Monday.
The journalist even went as far as to compare New Zealanders’ plight to the suffering and genocide of European Jews in concentration camps across Nazi Germany during World War II .
‘New Zealand is also trapped in a perpetual pandemic prison camp. Vaccines + much milder Omicron is the most likely way out of this.’
British commentator Piers Morgan (pictured) weighed in on the decision on Monday, slamming Ms Ardern’s ‘draconian’ new rules and claiming New Zealanders were trapped in a ‘prison camp’
More to come.