Experts in Australia and New Zealand issue warnings as COVID cases and hospitalisations on both sides of the Tasman rise.
‘Consider wearing a mask in crowded indoor areas and be kind to people who choose to wear a mask,’ tweeted NSW Health.
Experts in South Australia have called for Christmas gatherings to be held outdoors, where case numbers are expected to peak in late December.
‘There’s also lots of other viruses around as well, including the flu virus, and these viruses are dangerous as well,’ AMA president John Williams told 7 News.
Meanwhile University of Otago epidemiologist Michael Baker recommended getting a booster jab, wearing a mask in areas with bad ventilation and staying home when sick.
Speaking to RNZ yesterday he said it was ‘really critical’ that people get their booster jabs to make their ‘protection’ against the virus ‘stronger’.
‘People are more vulnerable and that’s driving another wave and it looks like this is the way the virus is going to behave for the foreseeable future – with peaks and troughs – and we’re very much in a peak at the moment.’
Baker attributed the rise in cases to ‘waning immunity.’
‘We actually have to go back right back to January to see this number of copies of the virus in the wastewater across New Zealand. So that’s one thing to look at and the other is the hospitalisations – and they’re at their highest point for six months.’
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