New Zealand sends aid to Niue


New Zealand is sending a medical team and medical supplies to Niue to help combat new cases of Covid-19, following the opening of its border to quarantine-free travel last week.

The first quarantine-free passenger flight arrived in Niue on June 27 and positive Covid-19 cases were detected the following day by routine day-one testing of the passengers.

New Zealand Foreign minister Nanaia Mahuta said that Niue was successful in keeping Covid out before the open border.

Niue has high vaccination rates with around 99 per cent of those aged over five double vaccinated, and 93 per cent of those over 18 boosted.

A team of doctors, nurses and logistics personnel will be deployed to Niue soon, along with supplies, including personal protective equipment and rapid antigen tests.

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