New Zealand police surround address after Covid-positive man escapes quarantine

A Covid-positive man absconded from a managed quarantine facility in central Auckland on Thursday, プロンプト ニュージーランド police to respond to the incident in full protective equipment.

Officers surrounded and cordoned off an address in Ōtāhuhu, south Auckland, after being told of the escape from the facility in Ellerslie, about 10km away (six miles) 離れて. The person was was later arrested.

Superintendent Steve Kehoe said: “Police are liaising with the Ministry of Health on this matter to understand this person’s movements since he left the MIQ [managed isolation and quarantine] 施設.

“Staff responding to this incident are dressed in full PPE. All police staff who have responded to this incident have been following all health guidelines, in accordance with police Covid-19 procedures.”

Auckland is in a level four lockdown – the highest setting – as New Zealand races to stamp out an outbreak of the Delta variant in the community.

Police were working closely with other agencies on where the person would be taken and every precaution was being taken, Kehoe said.

Covid-19 minister Chris Hipkins told the New Zealand Herald: “MIQ facilities are very secured – I am very concerned that someone made it out.” He told the Herald that the last sighting of the person was at 1am.

“I do have information that suggests that there is some CCTV of someone hiding in a bush while a security guard walked past them.” It was not clear if the area was single- or double-fenced, 彼は言った.

“Most of the areas that people who are staying in that facility have access to are double fenced, so the exercise area has a 1.8-metre fence followed by a two-metre fence.”

The escapee is not the first person to abscond from managed isolation. に 2020, at least three people did the same, with one leaving to go and buy alcohol, そして another leaving to visit a supermarket.

A person who fails to comply with the Covid-19 Response Act 2020 can face six months in prison or a fine up to NZ$4,000.

The ministry of health, and the ministry of business, innovation, and employment, which is responsible for managed isolation, have been approached for comment.