New Zealand: COVID-19 law give police power to enter homes

New Zealand’s Government is defending a new law giving sweeping powers to police.

The rushed Covid-19 Public Health Response Bill passed within 48 hours and will potentially allow police to enter homes without a warrant.

With 63 votes in favour and 57 against, the bill passed on Wednesday.

The country’s Human Rights Commission called the bill “a great failure of our democratic process”.

Those against the bill in New Zealand are calling it an “overreach of powers”.