22 Oct 2021

Covid-19: Self-isolating patients pose challenges for Auckland GPs

From Morning Report, 7:13 am on 22 October 2021

GPs in Auckland are worried about how to deal with the increasing number of Covid-19 patients who need to be cared for at home.

It comes as the daily number of Covid-19 cases in the community hit triple figures for the first time yesterday, with 102 new infections.

The Health Ministry says that on the current trajectory, the country can expect up to 180 cases a day within two to three weeks.

Already 105 covid patients are isolating at home and that number will certainly increase.

It's GPs who will be looking after them and they say they need equipment, advice and funding to do that.

College of General Practitioners president Dr Samantha Murton spoke to Corin Dann.