NEW ZEALAND – A woman who took a life-saving anti-inflammatories pill has died.
The woman, aged in her 30s, died at Auckland’s Christchurch Hospital on Sunday, a spokesman for the hospital said.
Police said they received a call around 6:40pm Sunday from a concerned family member about the woman’s condition and she had not yet arrived at the hospital.
The hospital said it was “understandably saddened” by the death and would “fully cooperate” with any inquiries into the matter.
New Zealand’s Anti-Coronavirus Strategy said the drugs are used to treat acute or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
More than half of New Zealand’s patients with COVID-19 will require medical treatment, the New Zealand Health Service said on Sunday.
Auckland’s Royal Auckland Hospital said it is taking all necessary precautions to protect the safety of the patient and staff.
There were also calls for people not to use anti-malarial drugs or cough syrup in the area.
“The Auckland Hospitals team is closely monitoring the situation and is undertaking all necessary actions to ensure safety of patient and others,” a spokeswoman said.
Police said the woman had taken the anti-toxins, including two tablets called Zex-2 and Zex5.
She had also taken two tablets of diazepam, which is used for anxiety and insomnia.