Lockdowns only slightly postponed deaths in New Zealand
Gibson, J. (2021). Lockdowns only slightly postponed deaths in New Zealand. Presented at the 61st Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists, Wellington, New Zealand.
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The Level 4 lockdown imposed on March 25 2020 in New Zealand was the world’s most restrictive set of closure and containment policies at the time. While designed to deal with Covid-19, it was soon noted by public health academics that all-cause mortality fell below historical rates about five weeks after the lockdown restrictions began. This poster examines the question of how long was the postponement of deaths following the interventions in 2020.
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