Piers Morgan calls out Jacinda Ardern’s ‘draconian’ new rules and says New Zealanders are trapped in a ‘prison camp’
- Jacinda Ardern announced on Sunday New Zealand will enter a Covid Red Alert
- All residents are subject to increased restrictions as of 11.59pm on Sunday
- British commentator Piers Morgan blasted the decision over Twitter on Monday
- He said ‘draconian’ rules were unnecessary given nation’s high vaccination rate
- The journalist compared the restrictions to prisoner camps in Nazi Germany
The Prime Minister on Sunday announced tough measures would come into force from midnight after the nation recorded its first confirmed community transmission of the super-contagious strain.
The country is now under a ‘red’ Covid alert, meaning additional mask use is required in public settings and strict capacity limits apply to hospitality venues, events, and gatherings.
Ms Ardern also announced 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 in light of the development.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) announced on Sunday all of New Zealand would be placed on the Code Red Covid footing from 11.59pm
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’
However, Morgan’s post quickly backfired – with many commenters rushing to support Ms Ardern’s Covid strategy as they highlighted the dire death rate in his homeland.
‘NZ have had 52 deaths from Covid. That’s not 52 thousand – it’s just 52. Considering the UK has had over 150,000 what’s your question again?’ one man retorted.
‘Leading by example. It doesn’t really matter what they choose to do, what matters is that she’s willing to follow the rules she’s set,’ another responded.
A third said: ‘Jacinda knows best.. we only have 52 deaths since the start of the pandemic.. and our health system will not cope so she’s looking after them. Key thing is we are NOT in lockdown. Businesses are still open up to maximum capacity of 100.’
One man rebuked Morgan’s view of the Omicron, claiming the journalist saw the highly-infectious variant as an ‘end game’.
‘It is not,’ he continued.
‘It’s potentially just the middle. High case rates, as seen in UK caused by policy, create a bigger risk of a variant. They [NZ] are going for a low CV rate even if the disease, COVID, is low with his variant. UK deaths not insignificant.’
New Zealand has been placed under a Covid ‘red’ alert, meaning masks are required in additional public settings, and strict capacity limits apply to hospitality venues, gatherings, and events
As of midnight on Sunday, New Zealand 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.
Ms Ardern’s wedding, reportedly set to host around 180 guests, falls foul of those gathering limits.
More to come.