27 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: Protective gown supplier complains of shortage

From Morning Report, 7:08 am on 27 March 2020

The supply of protective gowns for medical workers at the Covid-19 frontline appears to be in turmoil.

A major supplier has told RNZ demand has gone through the roof since the lockdown was announced on Monday and the Health Ministry has just asked it to urgently find half a million gowns.

It says it can't though because supply is badly disrupted.

This is despite Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield yesterday saying that personal protective equipment, or PPE, supplies are plentiful and steady and distribution is being made "rock solid".

Phil Pennington is following this.