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'Storm in a teacup': Hipkins, HDPA butt heads on day three testing

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 26 Aug 2020, 6:54pm
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

'Storm in a teacup': Hipkins, HDPA butt heads on day three testing

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 26 Aug 2020, 6:54pm

The Health Minister says the public can be reassured no one can leave managed isolation without a day 12 test.  

There are five cases of covid-19 associated with the Mt Roskill evangelical fellowship church, and a man who turned up gravely ill at North Shore Hospital, all of which are yet to be properly linked with Auckland's cluster.

It was revealed today that the not everyone in managed isolation has the test.

Health minister Chris Hipkins told Heather du Plessis-Allan that it is children that are not tested at day three, as they only test children if their parents test positive.

However, they do test everyone on day 12 – asides from 15 people who have turned the test down, who then have to stay in isolation for longer.

“I think this is all a storm in a teacup, quite frankly.”

Hipkins says there is no evidence to suggest that there are huge numbers of people turning down day three tests, and that no one is allowed to leave without the day 12 test.

He says that they do not compile the numbers on how many people turn down the day three test.

However, Hipkins says that the day three test is “irrelevant” towards keeping Covid-19 out, as the day 12 test is the key date.

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