Melbourne epidemiologist sounds warning to NZ over hotspot lockdowns

A Radio New Zealand article.

A Melbourne epidemiologist says the increased restrictions that came into force last night were “overdue”, with the state of Victoria trying to control a second wave of Covid-19 cases.

A stage four lockdown was imposed across the city from last night to try and stop the rapid spread of Covid-19, while regional Victoria will return to stage three restrictions from Thursday. Victoria’s chief health officer described the announcement as a “shock and awe” move.

Professor Tony Blakely told Morning Report it would have been good to see the state go harder earlier and the numbers kept going high because of complacency.

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