We’ve already seen that one case in the hotel quarantine has spread to a cleaner and also spread to his partner. So it is a very contagious variant.
We’re sort of almost back where we were in March, knowing very little about the virus. So this is very early days. At this stage, the evidence coming out of the UK is that it doesn’t cause more severe disease, it doesn’t increase mortality, and most importantly of all for us it doesn’t affect the efficacy of the vaccines that have been developed to date. That’s very important.
The issue is that more people will get it. And we have seen that in the UK. So today in the UK one in 50 of their population is sick with Covid-19. So it is causing problems for their health system. Their health system can’t manage the numbers. So, if you can’t manage the numbers although this doesn’t cause any more severe disease, if you can’t provide oxygen and the basic care that those people then need, then the consequences will be worse.
Fewer people have it, we can provide fantastic care. We’ve seen that in Queensland. We’ve seen that the people who have needed intensive care in Queensland have survived. In other countries, they haven’t necessarily, because there’s just too many people to give care to. So, the idea here is we want to minimise the number of people who get infected.