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NZ Patient Escapes Quarantine
News Bytes 07/9/2020 16 Comments

New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient. The man escaped a required quarantine in Auckland on Tuesday—and then went shopping at a supermarket.

New Zealand has enforced strict border controls to contain the novel coronavirus. All arrivals to the Pacific island must stay in quarantine for at least 14 days, unless they receive an exemption. Experts say people aren’t likely to remain infectious after 14 days without symptoms.

Because of this and other measures, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared in late April that there was “no widespread undetected community transmission in New Zealand”—meaning officials know where each new case is coming from.

Air Commodore Darryn Webb heads Auckland’s managed isolation and quarantine unit. He says an unnamed 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at Auckland’s Stamford Plaza hotel where he was staying in quarantine. The man was gone for just over an hour before returning to the hotel.

The escapee was in an area on Tuesday near where the hotel was installing new fences. Security footage reveals that the man seemed to make split-second decision to dart through a gap. A nearby guard saw the escape but thought the man was a construction worker.

The man later tested positive for the virus.

Webb says the man was a New Zealand citizen who had recently returned from a trip to India. Health Minister Chris Hipkins calls the man’s actions “selfish”—hardly the kind of behavior encouraged in 1 Corinthians 10:24: “Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.”

The Stamford Plaza incident comes just days after a quarantined woman scaled two fences and fled the Pullman Hotel. She was missing for about 80 minutes.

Depending on the charges, the man could face a fine or a maximum of six months in jail if found guilty. Webb says that closed-circuit television footage indicates the man did not come into close contact with others at a supermarket near the hotel. He also used a self-checkout. Nevertheless, workers closed the entire supermarket for a deep clean. Plus, those working that evening must now quarantine, proving that one person’s actions can have wide-ranging effects.

(San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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I think going to jail is a

I think going to jail is a bit too much even though I think what he did was wrong.

I am as tired of COVID-19

I am as tired of COVID-19 restrictions as the next person, but it's just foolish and utterly irresponsible to go shopping when you KNOW you're not supposed to. I hope the people who have been caught escaping quarantine feel bad about what they've done. Sorry, that may seem harsh, but I really don't appreciate how these people are acting.

3rd comment P.S. this is Caro

I agree, Lena! And, Mirela, I wonder if he will only go to jail for quarentining so he wont escape again.. Then maybe they will let him out..

@ Caro

Maybe, but didn’t it say ‘jail for six months’. I can’t see it now but I though it said that. Ohh I see it. Ahh... a maximum. So yes you could be right.

This is London

I don’t think jail would be the best choice I think they should just lock the door or something. They must be strict there.but I do think that was wrong. That is not stopping corona

If we have a cold or the flu

If we have a cold or the flu we just stay home till we're better. That's what we've always done.

I think it's dumb that they

I think it's dumb that they're sending him to jail, but they were right, it WAS selfish. I think he should've fine though, not imprisonment.

This is Mylee

I think jail might be going too much. But he did do wrong . Maybe like jail for one night or so not 6 months.

@ Kiara J

There are still some people who send their kids to school, or go to work anyway. My best friends mom thinks she can do everything herself, so whenever the kids get sick she makes them take olive leaf extract (a really gross pill) and put it under their tongues to dissolve it. They just don't tell her when their sick, and I don't blame them!

This is Mylee

When I am sick I don’t take anything.it goes away in like 2 days. I just let my body naturally do it’s thing to kill my germs.

@ Everyone

#TIREDOFCOVID19!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@ Above

I AGRE!!!

*AGREE

*AGREE

@Above

I agree with Lena. I am tired of Covid and how it is making people act. It is just another virus, not any different from the flu or anything else. There are thousands, probably millions of different viruses out there, but why did the media have to make a big stir up on this one? I am really wondering if by later this year or next year, they will finally give up and just let it go like any other virus and things will go back to normal.

@Above

I agree with Lena. I am tired of Covid and how it is making people act. It is just another virus, not any different from the flu or anything else. There are thousands, probably millions of different viruses out there, but why did the media have to make a big stir up on this one? I am really wondering if by later this year or next year, they will finally give up and just let it go like any other virus and things will go back to normal.

Everone!

Hey everyone! I have a YouTube video recommendation if you are allowed on YouTube. If not ask your parents for special permissions. I also recommend watching it with a parent or guardian. It's called Understanding the Times by Robert Breaker. It's the 1:06:51 one not the 2:42 one. PLEASE watch and let me know what you think.
P.S. It's about the Bible.

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