Tuesday, 31st August, 2021
The past week has given us more information about the likely duration of this lockdown. After a week of seeing the number of contacts explode, we have also started to see the number of new cases level off. This latter development means the exponential rise of unfettered transmission has been knocked in its head. As has occurred in Australia, many new cases are within households of infected people, highlighting how infectious the delta variant is. However, the ‘curve’ has yet to bend down, meaning a need for caution remains. And we will need to be wary of whether another Australian pattern – essential workers getting infected at work and bringing infections home – becomes an issue here, too.