An unusual plague hit New Zealand in the 1930s when pants of farmers would explode or suddenly burst into flames when they are working on the field or riding on a horse. But what caused these bizarre explosions?
Even though the delta variant was around the corner, New Zealand is equipped with a whole new level of coronavirus testing. New Zealand prevented the transmission of the COVID-19 delta variant through the help of real-time genome sequencing.
Genome sequencing — mapping the genetic sequences of the virus from confirmed COVID-19 cases in a bid to track its spread — is now an integral part of New Zealand’s coronavirus response. It is providing greater certainty in identifying clusters and helps focus the investigations of contact tracers.