The COVID-19 pandemic in Aotearoa/NZ: A brief photo-essay with 10 photos

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 | tedla55p | No Comments

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Luke Pilkinton-Ching, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson

In this photo-essay of the COVID-19 pandemic in Aotearoa/NZ, each photo is accompanied by a brief comment on the pandemic impact or response. In some instances these images reflect success factors such as the relatively early introduction of border controls and the stringent nature of the “lockdown”. But we also consider some weaknesses: the slow adoption of mandated mass mask use and the recent run of eight border control failures.

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Time to Stop Dodging Bullets? NZ’s Eight Recent Border Control Failures

Monday, November 16th, 2020 | Nick Wilson | 1 Comment

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Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Leah Grout, Dr Amanda Kvalsvig, Prof Michael Baker

There have been eight distinct border control failures in Aotearoa/NZ relating to the pandemic virus that causes COVID-19, since early August 2020, equivalent to one every two weeks. In this blog we briefly detail these failures and argue the case for an urgent review and upgrading of the country’s defences against this highly infectious pandemic virus, including: shifting to a risk-based approach to border management (a traffic light system), fine-tuning the Alert Level system to incorporate mask use, and enhancing contact tracing.

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