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Without NZ lockdown, Covid-19 could kill 80,000

Analysis: New modelling from the University of Auckland indicates Covid-19 could kill 80,000 New Zealanders if we took no action to stop it, Marc Daalder reports

New projections from the University of Auckland offer a stark image of the damage Covid-19 could do to New Zealand and show why the lockdown is so important: it could save tens of thousands of lives.

The numbers, produced by researchers at Te Pūnaha Matatini, the University's data-focused Centre of Research Excellence, indicate if no action was taken to fight the spread of the disease, there would be 10 times as many patients requiring hospital treatment as there would be beds and staff to treat them.