But they could get tougher with those areas, and provide financial support to them. Many are under huge stress to work. I think they put certain suburbs in parts of Oz into more strict lockdowns. South Australia and Queensland appear to have effectively eliminated Delta, so it is possible, and likewise China are still elimination Covid, rather than relying on vaccines. IMO we need to ensure that the rest of NZ keeps it eliminated, and work on Auckland like it is it's own state.
Thats a political statement. As in, easy to say, harder to do.