Chris Hipkins answers questions on new border testing requirements

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Chris Hipkins is answering questions on the Government's latest COVID-19 border precautions.

On Monday the Government announced it would grant the Director-General of Health power to require pre-departure tests from Kiwis returning home from anywhere overseas - rather than just the UK and the US.

Arrivals from Australia, Antarctica and some Pacific Island nations will be exempt.

Hipkins also announced the criteria for day one testing has been extended to anyone coming into the country.

Previously, only people returning from the US or the UK were required to be in strict isolation until they could return a negative COVID-19 test, while anyone returning from other countries was free to walk the halls of managed isolation facilities until their day three test.

He is expected to answer questions on the new legislation. 

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