Delivery of nose sweep at Auckland border will be delayed – truck driver.

Truck drivers and other essential workers crossing the Auckland border are preparing to have their noses swept once a week, as sputum tests are not yet available for non-border workers.

A police checkpoint in Mercer, near the Auckland border with Waiko.

A police checkpoint in Mercer, near the Auckland border with Waiko.
Image: RNZ / Nick Monroe

On Friday, the new testing system begins that is needed. Every necessary worker is leaving the Auckland Level 4 limit. To show a negative result from the last seven days

However, the Ministry of Health said that although the need for testing begins on Friday, September 10, it will not begin testing until Friday, September 17 – after a full week. This part of the new Public Health Order is in effect..

The ministry said it would give time to finalize arrangements for cross-border testing.

At this point, trucks are parked at public testing stations for nose swabs, which he says are being delayed.

Saliva testing is as accurate as a nasal swab, a Victoria University. Study found. It can be taken home at any time, anytime, just a minute, and then dispatched as a standard nasopharyngeal broom for processing.

Nick Leggett of the Road Transport Forum said failure to use bulk testing at this stage would slow down the entire supply chain as they would have to visit testing centers.

“Yesterday we had a truck driver in Auckland waiting more than two hours for a test. This is beyond their legal driving hours.

The ministry said it was “finalizing an agreement with a wholesaler providing further testing” for Level 4 border crossings, but did not say when they would be available.

“We are awaiting details. It is not clear who will be the preferred Ministry of Health wholesale testing agent at this stage, and then how to bring it to the trucking operators to complete the test on its staff,” Leggett said. Can. “

Alan MacDonald of the Employers and Manufacturers Association said industry and government agencies were shocked when the need for weekly testing was announced.

He said there was no system in place to facilitate additional testing.

“Yesterday I heard that some truck drivers went to testing stations and had their tests done and were stopped because they had no symptoms. Behind the scenes and thinking about how it actually works. “

He said the agencies had told him they would smooth the process before the requirements were implemented. He understands that this is unlikely to happen before Friday, and that the implementation of the requirement may be delayed.

An N-route wholesale testing station is a logical configuration, McDonald said.

“For the border, some kind of dedicated border post or setup – not right at the border because it will slow everything down – but on either side of it where one can drive, dribble in a tube, bag and so on. Can tag, and drive, so there’s less delay. “

He says at least 4,000 truck drivers use the southern border a day, and other retail workers cross the line.


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