17 Jun 2020

Concerns over managed isolation and exemption protocols

From Midday Report, 12:14 pm on 17 June 2020

Some people could still be allowed to leave covid-19 quarantine facilities, despite the government banning compassionate exemptions.

Two women have tested positive for the disease after travelling from Auckland to Wellington following the death of a parent, leading to the Government calling for a halt to any compassionate exemptions.

But people can still leave managed isolation if they are granted an exemption for medical reasons, critical work, transit or extradition.

Māni Dunlop spoke with Sir David Skegg – an epidemiologist at the University of Otago Medical School and a former chairman of the Public Health Commission.