Professor Shaun Hendy explains how the lockdown will save thousands of lives

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Newstalk ZB,
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Fri, 27 Mar 2020, 10:50AM
Professor Shaun Hendy. Photo / Greg Bowker

Professor Shaun Hendy explains how the lockdown will save thousands of lives

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 27 Mar 2020, 10:50AM

A big data scientist's emphasising the key role the lockdown plays in reducing the spread of coronavirus.

Auckland University professor Shaun Hendy has co-authored a research paper suggesting up to 80,000 Kiwis could die without strict measures, like the lockdown.

He says it's not alarmist - but instead a realistic worst case scenario.

Hendy told Mike Hosking the lockdown gives us a really good chance of stamping coronavirus out.

"By acting now, it slows the coronavirus' spread and gives officials enough time to catch up with finding close contacts and conducting tests."

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