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A member of the Māori pandemic response group says the health system should now have the capacity to deal quickly with an outbreak of community transmission of COVID-19.

Dr Rawiri Jansen says overnight all the systems that are needed were turned on, and there should be sufficient capacity in labs and clinics for large scale testing if needed.

“We need to do a really thorough job right now, go hard and go early, on any possible contacts or people have been near these workplaces - there’s one in the CBD and there’s another workplace from this household out in the west and the whānau lives in South Auckland so I guess we immediately recognise it’s all of us,” he says.

Dr Jansen says because flu cases are relatively light this winter, the testing stations should not be overwhelmed with people coming in to get symptoms checked.

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