5 Aug 2020

Auckland public health tried to get out of contact tracing requirements

From Morning Report, 8:39 am on 5 August 2020

Auckland's public health service tried to get out of having to meet big new Covid-19 contact tracing requirements, saying it thought they were unnecessary.

Like all public health units, it was asked in May to hugely increase its ability to trace the contacts of anyone who tests positive for the disease.

That was after report from expert Ayesha Verrall had found the country's contact tracing was well under par. Auckland initially thought it was being asked to do too much.

RNZ health correspondent Rowan Quinn has emails between the Ministry and the Auckland service on the matter and speaks to Corin Dann.