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The Project: Epidemiologist Nancy Baxter says case numbers too high for NSW to reopen

Premier Gladys Berejiklian insists we’ll begin to reopen once we hit that magical 70 per cent target – but one expert says that’s not an option.

Lockdown-weary NSW residents have been told for weeks now the embattled state will begin to reopen once the vaccination target of 70 to 80 per cent is met.

That’s been the key message from not only Premier Gladys Berejiklian, but also from the Doherty Insitute, which has produced modelling to back up that goal.

But in a sobering interview on The Project tonight, Professor Nancy Baxter, clinical epidemiologist and head of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, said it would not be possible while NSW case numbers continue to explode.

“I think the Doherty model gives a pathway that’s quite reasonable if you’re at kind of levels of Covid that, you know, you’re able to do contact tracing,” she said.

“And what we’ve…

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