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New Zealand uses science to avoid coronavirus lockdown – Axios

The WHO told Axios NZ’s “unique” approach “may be a stimulus” for more effective contact tracing methods.

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The World Health Organization praised New Zealand on Thursday for its “unique,” targeted modeling technology and rapid COVID-19 genome sequencing that’s seen the country avoid a lockdown last week despite having four current community cases.
Why it matters: Coronavirus restrictions are growing across the U.S. and Europe, while NZ neighbor South Australia is under a strict lockdown. Geneticist Mike Bunce told Axios that genomic sequencing was “key” to the NZ government’s decision not to reimpose…

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