New Zealand Government: Health staff to meet China flights as precautionary measure

26 January, 2020

New Zealand's Government announced (26-Jan-2020) public health staff commenced meeting services from China to actively look for signs of the novel coronavirus and provide advice, information and reassurance to passengers. New Zealand Health Minister Dr David Clark said the additional measures are being taken following the arrival of the disease in Australia, via flights directly from the city of Wuhan. Mr Clark stated: "I'm advised that the risk of an outbreak in New Zealand remains low, but we are increasing our health response at the border as a precaution… on Tuesday I will take a paper to Cabinet which will make the novel coronavirus a notifiable disease". [more - original PR]