Author: Henry Cooke

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unleashed on 20-somethings who weren't taking the coronavirus seriously at her daily press conference today.

She said 20-29-year-olds were the most infected with Covid-19 and while they might not be in as much danger as older people, they were currently acting as the main vector for transmission in New Zealand.

20-29 year olds make up 183 of the 702 confirmed and probable cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, far higher than any other age group.

The self-described rant from Ardern came after she was asked about compliance with the country's strict lockdown rules, aimed at preventing transmission of the deadly virus.

Ardern said the Government had asked a lot of New Zealanders and most were complying and taking it seriously - but there was a small minority who weren't.

Jacinda Ardern said 20-29 year olds who felt invulnerable were putting the whole country at risk.

"I think the majority of New Zealanders are doing an amazing job. We just need to keep reminding that small proportion who perhaps aren't taking it seriously why it is so important."

"This period of time is our chance to break the chain of transmission. The quicker we do that the sooner we can return to some semblance of normal life."

She said people had to realise this was not a problem for "someone else" but was about "you and your family".

This was particularly key for young people who were at this point the ones getting infected by Covid-19 the most.

"If I could just point to some of the data at the moment. The most effected age-range by Covid-19 in New Zealand is far and away currently 20-29-year-olds. They are the ones that we are identifying as having Covid-19 in New Zealand."

"They may think that this won't effect them much - that they'll be mild to moderate. They are our vector for transmission. They are the ones that pass it on."

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Coronavirus has now killed people at almost every age but has a much higher mortality rate for older people.

Government modelling released yesterday suggested that if Covid-19 was not contained almost 9 in 10 of the thousands who died would be 60 or older.

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