23 Mar 2020

NZ eight days behind the UK in Covid-19 development

From Nine To Noon, 9:11 am on 23 March 2020

An epidemiologist says New Zealand can't afford to be complacent about its relatively low numbers of Covid-19 cases, and says he estimates - allowing for population size - that the country is running just eight days behind the UK. 14 new cases were confirmed yesterday, taking New Zealand's total to 66.  The UK cases rose by 665 overnight, to take its total to 5683 with 281 deaths. Kathryn talks to Sir David Skegg, an epidemiologist at the University of Otago Medical School and former chairman of the Public Health Commission, Health Research Council and New Zealand Science Board about why he believes community transmission is already occurring and what tougher measures New Zealand should be implementing.

Professor David Skegg

Professor David Skegg Photo: supplied