An Australian vet nurse has spent 25 days in New Zealand hotel quarantine after refusing to get a Covid test.
Lucinda Baulch is in managed isolation in the Grand Mercure in Wellington as she waits for scientific evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of PCR testing.
She has stated once she receives a scientific guarantee that the PCR test is categorically safe, she will happily have a Covid swab.
Lucinda Baulch has called the Grand Mercure in Wellington home (pictured above) for the past 25 days
‘As someone with a medical background and knowing the importance of informed consent… I’m entitled to it, it’s a right, it’s an obligation of the party offering a consent form,’ Baulch told Radio New Zealand.
Baulch knows the longest time frame she can be kept in hotel isolation by the government is 28 days.
Once that expires this week, she plans to take the matter to court.
‘The New Zealand government is clearly very confident in the protocol they are using, and that’s fantastic,’ she said.
‘If you can prove with evidence ([the Covid swab is safe], no problem.’
Baulch also referenced a Portugal court case which ruled the PCR swab was 97 per cent ineffective.
She has questioned if New Zealand are using the identical global test.
A Ministry of Health spokesperson said the swab used in New Zealand was regarded as the leading sample type for testing of PCR.
The qualified vet nurse is seeking scientific evidence that the Covid test is safe (stock image)
‘This swab type will obtain the optimal sample required and is the preferred collection method for both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing due to its higher sensitivity in detecting the virus,’ they said.
‘If someone does not have a PCR test or a heath check, it is not possible to assess whether they are Covid free.
‘A total of 1.6million tests have been taken… it is safe and effective.’
In New Zealand if a person refuses a Covid test after 12 days of hotel quarantine they are required to stay another ten days.
Then if they refuse again they are offered a test each day. If after 22 days they still do not meet the exit criteria, they are required to remain in isolation for another six days.
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