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Lance Covid boil now with harsh measures - or it will fester

Prof Luke O'Neill


To win back public confidence, we need to be able to show them that the virus has been banished, writes Prof Luke O'Neill

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern at the opening of a new shopping precinct last week after the country successfully eradicated the coronavirus (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern at the opening of a new shopping precinct last week after the country successfully eradicated the coronavirus (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern at the opening of a new shopping precinct last week after the country successfully eradicated the coronavirus (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Even though some shops and businesses have started to reopen as we go further into the relaxing of the lockdown, economic worries abound. How do we ensure that we return to something close to normality and save the summer? In short, how do we become like New Zealand, where most things are back to normal. No need for two-metre social distance, no need for masks, and 107 gigs in Auckland this weekend. How soon can we get to be like that?

It's actually simple in principle. We must eliminate this virus, which means zero cases over a two-week period.

Last week, I was a co-signatory on a letter signed by more than 1,000 other people from a range of sectors and the general public - not just scientists and healthcare workers - which pushed for an aggressive and cautious approach when it comes to Covid-19 at this stage of the pandemic.