Sumary of Against all odds: how New Zealand is bending the Delta curve:
- A single case of the highly contagious Delta variant had been detected and the government called a snap level-4 lockdown, introducing some of the strictest restrictions in the world.
- ”Left alone or managed half-heartedly, the Delta variant’s exponential growth quickly turns a trend line vertical.
- They aimed to not only ease down the growth line, but to bend the curve completely, forcing case numbers back to zero and wiping out transmission completely.
- Auckland, the centre of the outbreak, remains at alert level 4. But most of the country left a hard lockdown on Wednesday, flocking back to restaurants, cafes and schools.
- Nightclubs, churches, restaurants, hospitals, schools – the list of exposure events read like a checklist of every high-infection-risk gathering imaginable.
- “I think we can say, more or less, that our alert level 4 has got the measure of Delta,” says Prof Shaun Hendy, epidemic modeller for research centre Te Pūnaha Matatini.
- If New Zealand does successfully eliminate the Delta variant, it still raises questions of what next for a country that has used extremely strict border controls to remain Covid-free thus far.