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Woman in two iso­la­tion break­outs

- Crime · Incidents · Auckland Region · Dubai · New Zealand Ministry of Health · Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination · Ministry of Health (Saudi Arabia) · India · New Zealand · Grand Millennium Hotel

A woman i s likely to face po­lice charges af­ter at­tempt­ing to ab­scond twice in two days from a man­aged iso­la­tion fa­cil­ity in Auck­land.

A se­cu­rity guard in­ter­cepted a woman at­tempt­ing to ab­scond from the Grand Mil­len­nium Ho­tel through a fire exit about 1am yes­ter­day.

“As a re­sult of po­lice speak­ing to the woman and mak­ing en­quiries it was es­tab­lished that the woman had ab­sconded the pre­vi­ous night on Oc­to­ber 8 be­tween 1.07am and re­turned at 3.09am,” said head of man­aged iso­la­tion and quar­an­tine Dar­ryn Webb.

He said se­cu­rity weren’t guard­ing that exit that night.

“Un­for­tu­nately a lo­cal de­ci­sion was taken which meant that those guards were else­where on that evening,” Webb said.

CCTV shows the woman walked around the in­ner city.

“Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to re­view CCTV footage to ac­count for her move­ments dur­ing this time and charges are likely to be laid.”

She was swabbed yes­ter­day and tested neg­a­tive.

The woman ar­rived from Dubai on Oc­to­ber 7. She also tested neg­a­tive on Oc­to­ber 1 in a pre- flight test and was cleared to fly. Her next test is sched­uled for to­day, which will co­in­cide with her rou­tine day 3 test.

A spokesman at the Grand Mil­len­nium re­ferred me­dia queries to the Min­istry of Health.

Webb said in­ter­views and in­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­tin­u­ing in or­der to iden­tify the na­ture of any con­tact with in­di­vid­u­als out­side the man­aged iso­la­tion fa­cil­ity.

“A per­ma­nent se­cu­rity pres­ence has been es­tab­lished out­side her room to en­sure she re­mains at the fa­cil­ity.” Webb said that while ab­scond­ing in­ci­dents were rare, “we treat them ex­tremely se­ri­ously”.

“While I’m con­fi­dent that we have strong se­cu­rity mea­sures in place, these ho­tels are not pris­ons.”

There have been nearly 60,000 peo­ple through man­aged iso­la­tion and quar­an­tine and only 10 in­ci­dents in­volv­ing 14 peo­ple ab­scond­ing from man­aged iso­la­tion, Webb said.

Mean­while there were t wo new cases of Covid- 19 in man­aged i so­la­tion and no new com­mu­nity cases an­nounced yes­ter­day.

Both new cases ar­rived from In­dia on Septem­ber 26 and re­turned a pos­i­tive test on their day- 12 swab.

NZ’s to­tal num­ber of ac­tive cases is now 41 — all im­ported cases.

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