June 18, 2020
Border controls tightened after funeral slip
A member of the Māori pandemic response group says the emergence of two new cases of COVID-19 is a valuable wake up call.
Two women recently arrived back from the United Kingdom tested positive after they drove from Auckland without to Wellington for a family bereavement.
Dr Rawiri Jansen says allowing the women to leave isolation without being tested should be seen as a dropped ball rather than a lost game.
"There are some people who are getting pukuriri about it. That worries me a bit because getting a knock on like this tells us to get organised, get back in control of the game. That's important and we don't want to make someone feel they need to leave the team because they dropped the ball. I want them to get back into the game and let's get this done right. We're going to tighten up a number of aspects of this," he says.
Dr Jansen says the new rules brought in because of the incident means everyone coming into the country must be tested when they arrive and before they leave quarantine.
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