NZ sends medical team to PNG as Covid-19 overwhelms its health system

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A New Zealand medical and logistics support team with essential supplies to assist Papua New Guinea with its Covid-19 crisis have departed New Zealand.

Associate Foreign Minister Aupito William Sio said the PNG government has formally requested humanitarian and medical support from partner governments to respond to the health crisis, with rising case numbers, hospitalisations and deaths due to the current Delta surge.

As of 9 November, PNG has recorded 415 Covid-19 deaths with local media reporting the health system is unable to cope with the medical crisis.

There are already medical teams on the ground from Australia and Britain assisting Papua New Guinea with the medical crisis.

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