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Does living on an island help in the fight against Covid-19?

Community isolation has benefits and drawbacks when combatting a deadly virus. How have different territories fared?

By Alice Wright  

Photo: Patrick Eden / Alamy Stock Photo

Much has been made of New Zealand’s successful response to the pandemic, raising the question of how our own small isles have fared. There are advantages and disadvantages to being an island community. Being more self-contained might theoretically help to limit the spread of infection, yet being cut off can present problems in the sourcing of medical supplies—though this does not seem to have dented island vaccination programmes. I spoke to leaders and residents of some of the UK’s islands about the advantages and disadvantages they have reckoned with over the past 12 months. We discussed platoons of motorbike volunteers…

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