Sumary of Australia used as COVID-19 'test case' as global experts study Delta's movement:
- Australia is being used as a “test case” by researchers across the world watching the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, with the country’s low vaccination rates and comparatively low case numbers allowing “clean data” for analysis.
- One of the world’s leading epidemiologists and health economists, Eric Feigl-Ding, this week put Australia’s COVID woes on the international stage, highlighting cases of suspected outdoor transmission at the MCG and some early cases in the Bondi outbreak as particularly “worrying”.
- Victoria example gives ‘good information’ In the wake of Victoria’s most recent outbreak, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said authorities now held a “high suspicion” of outdoor transmission at the MCG.
- Brett Sutton said the state’s ‘sophisticated contact tracing’ enabled it to pin down how Delta was transmitted.
- (ABC News)At a press conference this week, Professor Sutton said the “interrogation of data” through CCTV, QR codes and ticketing — and low case numbers in Victoria compared to the rest of the world — gave authorities “really good information” on how the Delta variant moved.
- “[Outdoor transmission] has probably always occurred, but to a much, much lesser degree before the Delta variant,” Professor Sutton said.
- “Professor Sutton was backed by infectious diseases specialist and emergency doctor Noor Bari.
- She said the Australian example had so far contributed “a lot” to the world’s understanding the Delta strain and how it worked.