New Zealand’s customs department is being criticised for leaving a common coronavirus symptom off its travel cards.
The New Zealand Passenger Arrival Card asks people a number of questions including what countries they’ve been in over the last 14 days, if they’ve been tested for COVID-19 and when they were tested.
It also asks the recipient whether they’ve suffered from symptoms including cough, fever or difficulty breathing over the past 14 days.
However, crucially, it doesn’t list a sore throat among the symptoms.
National MP Dr Shane Reti told Radio NZ a sore throat should be on the card claiming “50 per cent” of Kiwis have had it.
“We’ve missed the boat,” he told the station.
"Tens of thousands [of people] have been screened with the wrong screening questions."
Dr Reti added breathing difficulties is a late symptom of the virus.
Sore throat is listed as a symptom of the virus along with shortness of breath, coughing and fever by Australia’s health department.
Customs is yet to address the card.
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