28 January 2022

Covid-19 modellers uncertain when to expect move to stage 2 of Omicron outbreak strategy

In January, Andrew was interviewed by Nathan Morton at stuff.co.nz on COVID-19 case numbers and testing:

When we will reach 1000 cases, according to modeller Andrew Sporle at iNZight Analytics, is too early to tell.

Sporle believes the back-to-back long weekends will create a lag in testing, which means a likely delay in finding out just how many actually have the Omicron variant.

“It gets a little tricky as we need to reach 1000 cases, not number of infections, and for cases you need a test. For some people, they're lucky to have mild symptoms and aren’t sick enough to think “Oh, I’ll go get a test now,”.

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