Tue, 04 Aug 2020

WELLINGTON, June 29 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand government is focusing on keeping the country's border safe and secure in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Minister David Clark said on Monday.

"With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure," Clark said in a statement.

The government is also prioritizing its latest investment in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, according to the minister.

"We must ensure that anyone who is interacting with people entering the country from overseas, where the spread of COVID-19 is growing not slowing, has access to proper PPE," he said.

The government has committed a further 150 million NZ dollars (96.6 million U.S. dollars) for PPE from the COVID Response and Recovery Fund. This builds on the earlier investment of 200 million NZ dollars in PPE announced in April.

"This latest funding will help protect health and other frontline workers and ensure that our strict isolation and quarantine procedures are maintained," the minister said.

"It is important that PPE is worn correctly, so frontline staff will be trained at managed isolation and quarantine facilities in its safe and effective use," he added.

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