Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 234,989,000, with more than 4,803,000 deaths reported.
Daily confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand are trending downwards after peaking in late August, with over 30 cases reported on 3 October.
Daily confirmed deaths have remained very low, at virtually zero on most days.
However, after New Zealand’s strict “Covid zero” strategy failed to fully stop its recent outbreak of the Delta variant in Auckland, its largest city, the country plans to gradually lift restrictions.
Transmission of the virus is particularly high among more marginalized segments of the population, such as those living in emergency or transitional housing.
These at-risk communities are also its least vaccinated, so, in order to reduce these disparities and prevent future outbreaks without lockdowns, vaccination efforts should be refocused here.
Currently, 39% of the country is fully vaccinated, with over 5,221,000 total vaccine doses administered.
After rising throughout much of September, daily confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths are beginning to decline in Australia.
Cases on 3 October still exceeded 2,400, while daily deaths have remained relatively low, at less than 20 on recent days.
The country has mostly tackled the outbreak, driven by the Delta variant, through lockdowns and travel bans.
As individual states start to hit vaccination targets, lockdowns in those areas will be eased, and the Australian government aims to lift all restrictions, including travel bans, by mid-November.
To date, nearly 47% of Australia’s population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Waiting until vaccination targets have been met will prevent new outbreaks as restrictions are lifted, although increases in cases could be seen in certain segments of the population, such as children under 12 who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.
Shaina Stacy, PhD, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist at GlobalData