Expert says Indian returnees could bring Covid with them

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Wed, 28 Apr 2021, 9:55AM
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Expert says Indian returnees could bring Covid with them

Author
Newstalk ZB ,
Publish Date
Wed, 28 Apr 2021, 9:55AM

Returnees from India may still bring Covid-19 to our border, because of a gap in pre-departure testing.

The country's travel ban ends at midnight but entry will be restricted to only New Zealand citizens, their partners, parents and children.

They'll need to show a negative PCR test up to three days before flying. 

Canterbury University modeller Michael Plank told Mike Hosking a test isn't likely to pick up Covid-19 one or two days after infection.

“Really that leaves a whole week long period when someone could get infected and they could have a perfectly valid test, that test will come back negative.”

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