Tagged: delta

With lockdowns easing for the rest of New Zealand, Auckland becomes the elimination frontline - COVID-19

Guest Author Sep 07, 2021

Michael Plank, University of Canterbury and Shaun Hendy, University of Auckland   The number of new cases in New Zealand’s Delta outbreak is now on a downward trend and we have a good chance of eliminating it, even as lockdown restrictions ease for most of the country from tomorrow. After a peak in case numbers during the weekend of August … Read More

Lessons from jurisdictions that are battling their own Delta variant outbreaks - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Aug 31, 2021

Dr Jennifer Summers, Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Leah Grout, Dr Amanda Kvalsvig, Prof Michael Baker * The first Delta-variant outbreak in the community brings a new challenge to Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 response. A Delta outbreak was in some respects a likely scenario given the high infectiousness of this variant and the emerging evidence that vaccines may be less effective … Read More

COVID-19 Helping people check locations of interest - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Aug 27, 2021

OPINION. It’s important locate as many people who have been at locations of interest as possible in New Zealand’s Delta variant outbreak. Because few people have been scanning QR codes or keeping other personal records we’re relying on people to check the Ministry of Health’s list of locations of interest. A few initiatives might help this. People who’ve been at … Read More

Auckland is likely to remain in strict lockdown for several more weeks to stamp out NZ’s Delta outbreak - COVID-19

Guest Author Aug 26, 2021

Rachelle Binny, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research; Michael Plank, University of Canterbury; Shaun Hendy, University of Auckland, and Siouxsie Wiles, University of Auckland As New Zealanders wait to hear if a nationwide level 4 lockdown continues beyond midnight on Friday, our latest modelling shows that the current Delta variant has spread much faster than last August’s outbreak, when around 90 … Read More

How will Delta evolve? Here’s what the theory tells us - COVID-19

Guest Author Aug 24, 2021

Hamish McCallum, Griffith University   The COVID-19 pandemic is a dramatic demonstration of evolution in action. Evolutionary theory explains much of what has already happened, predicts what will happen in the future and suggests which management strategies are likely to be the most effective. For instance, evolution explains why the Delta variant spreads faster than the original Wuhan strain. It … Read More

COVID cases are rising in highly vaccinated Israel. But it doesn’t mean Australia should give up and ‘live with’ the virus - COVID-19

Guest Author Aug 24, 2021

C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW   Israel has one of the highest COVID vaccination rates in the world, having fully vaccinated 78% of people 12 years and over. Many people are surprised at the country’s resurgence of COVID cases since restrictions were lifted in June. Israel’s vaccination rate is similar to Australia’s plan to start relaxing restrictions when 70% … Read More

Stars for sale, but no, you can’t really buy an official star name to remember someone - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 27, 2018

Brad E Tucker, Australian National University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. About once a week, I receive an email like this (note that any identifying details have been removed): I was wondering if you could help me. We are coming to Canberra for 2 nights with our friends whose … Read More