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National COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says the Government should be launching an urgent review of its MIQ facilities.
The review would focus on mingling between groups of people who are staying at the facilities.
“News that the South African variant of Covid-19 has made it into the community is very worrying, as is the fact that the infected person caught it in managed isolation,” said Bishop.
“National has been concerned for some time about how MIQ facilities are being run, particularly for high-risk arrivals. Anecdotal evidence we have heard from people in MIQ about how they are being managed has been extremely concerning.”
The political party is asking that New Zealand adopts a ‘risk-based’ approach to MIQ facilities by segmenting arrivals depending on where they have specifically come from meaning the country of origin within travel.
Shared spaces under the idea of National would be eliminated inside of high-risk hotels until a negative test result returns from that source or group of stayers.
“Placing arrivals from high-risk areas – such as the UK, US and South Africa – into their own dedicated hotels,” said Bishop. “The Government can’t afford to be complacent with this new threat. We must plug this gap in the system now before it’s too late,” he concluded.
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