15 Aug 2020

Epidemiologist Sir David Skegg - how to avoid future lockdowns

From Saturday Morning, 8:30 am on 15 August 2020

New Zealand needs to dramatically improve its pandemic response if it is to avoid going in to lockdown every time there is an outbreak. Epidemiologist Sir David Skegg from Otago University says having seemingly stamped out the virus, with physical distancing, testing and rapid contact tracing and with border controls. He told Kim Hill improvements to all three would allow outbreaks to be dealt when they occurred without needing to go in to lockdown. He says the virus is likely to be with us for several years, meaning further outbreaks are inevitable.