Simon Bridges wants Government to overtest for Covid-19

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 1 Apr 2020, 5:16PM
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Simon Bridges wants Government to overtest for Covid-19

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 1 Apr 2020, 5:16PM

The National Party leader is calling for the Government to over-test for COVID-19.

Another 61 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed today, bringing the total number of confirmed and probable cases to 708.

Epidemic Response Committee chair Simon Bridges told Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford we need thousands of people tested each day, to crack down on the virus.

"So we can come out of this sooner and stronger and we can isolate those that have real problems and track who they've met with. That's how you get atop this, that's what Singapore did and it's how we will too."

He also wants all people arriving from overseas to be properly quarantined and tested at the border.

"That more structured thing where it's 'right, your all in these three hotels, there's going to be people there checking on you regularly', I think that is better."

He's also pushing for COVID-19 finger prick tests here.