Public health experts: Bringing WHO patient to New Zealand is 'risky'

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 30 Jul 2021, 7:42AM
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Public health experts: Bringing WHO patient to New Zealand is 'risky'

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 30 Jul 2021, 7:42AM

New Zealand may be taking on extra risks -- by allowing a Covid-19 patient to be transferred from Fiji to New Zealand for treatment.

The woman arrived at Auckland Airport last night, before being transferred to Middlemore Hospital.

She's understood to be a high-profile World Health Organisation staffer, medevaced under a UN agreement.

Auckland University public health expert Colin Tukuitonga told Kate Hawkesby  it's an inherently risky move.

“There’s a higher chance that this is Delta varient, and Delta can go bad real quick. I think we’re accepting a risky situatuion to be honest.”

Tukuitonga says if New Zealand wants to help people in Fiji, it should be deploying more specialists and resources to the country.

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