15 Jul 2022

Covid-19: Doctors hoped for stricter mask rules

From Morning Report, 6:41 am on 15 July 2022

A surgeon says he was hoping for stricter mask mandates that would cover things like big indoor gatherings for the next few months in yesterday's government announcement.

The government has announced plans to try to reduce a predicted peak of 1200 patients in hospital a day to 900. It's making masks, RATs and antivirals more widely available.

General surgeon's association president Rowan French, who works at Waikato Hospital, says even at 900 a day they would still be under huge stress.