14 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Academics want much looser rules after lockdown

From Morning Report, 8:36 am on 14 April 2020

A group of concerned academics are calling for a significant loosening of restrictions as soon as New Zealand reaches the four week mark in its lockdown.

The group says the social and economic severity of the lockdown measures do not match the threat of the virus - and low risk people should be allowed to return to their normal activities.

However, the World Health Organisation, is advocating a slower return to business as usual.

Earlier Professor Michael Baker told Morning Report the lockdown should be eased carefully, with a gradual return to normal which could take many months. Dr Simon Thornley, an senior lecturer in epidemiology at Auckland University, speaks to Corin Dann.