19 Nov 2020

Covid-19: New testing measures for border workers

From Morning Report, 7:36 am on 19 November 2020

The government has ratcheted up its Covid-19 defences another notch, announcing a range of new testing measures for border workers.

The rules - which apply at all international airports and ports - will test some workers not previously covered and increase the frequency of testing for high risk workers.

Most notably, those who carry out work on international aircraft and ships will be tested weekly, rather than fortnightly.

Covid-19 Response minister Chris Hipkins told Corin Dann the incident in October of a shipping contractor testing positive was influential in the formation of the new measures.