NZ's Covid-19 methods are effective but 'old fashioned' - UC disaster expert

15 October 2020

"It shows that New Zealanders need to have a conversation about what things we would give up to stop the impact of the lockdown," disaster expert, Professor John Hopkins, tells RNZ in response to our ‘old fashioned’ COVID19 methods.

  • Covid responses

    New Zealand needs to start having a conversation about more modern responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, such as mobile phone tracking, Professor John Hopkins says.

University of Canterbury law professor John Hopkins told Morning Report New Zealand needs to think about whether it would use technology as a tool in fighting the virus like other countries have.

He said Taiwan has used some similar measures to New Zealand "...but the main difference is their heavy use of IT and some pretty invasive use of mobile phone tracking and other similar mechanisms to control individuals and to pinpoint who's at risk of having the virus".

He said although the methods New Zealand uses are effective, "they're old fashioned".

Read the RNZ article here. 

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