The Minister of Health has reiterated that more people need to be tested for COVID-19.
However, there’s concern one high-risk group is being overlooked – airport bus drivers ferrying the thousands of returnees to isolation hotels.
It’s the old COVID-19 battle cry – test, test, test.
“We want to see higher rates of daily testing,” said Chris Hipkins.
For obvious reasons, the initial focus has been here at our borders – but what about testing of bus drivers? They’re transporting potential COVID-positive travellers every day, sometimes for hours, to managed isolation hotels.
“They will be covered by the staff at the border testing, so that includes everyone working in that chain,” the Minister of Health said.
But a source at the border has told Newshub bus drivers are not being regularly tested. …
The Ministry of Health responded, saying Auckland DHB had so far tested 1089 border workers – including “some” bus drivers. It didn’t know how many.
Overseas returnees get tested around day three and day 12, but the testing regime for those working in the isolation hotels – like guards and hotel staff – is much less rigorous.
It’s more of an aspirational target.
Is our covid free status due to good luck or good management? Perhaps a bit of both.