Man cuts fence to escape COVID-19 quarantine and buy alcohol – National

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A man escaped from a New Zealand coronavirus quarantine facility, crossing a fence to the liquor store.Officials said a man in his 50s, who arrived from Australia on July 1, crossed a 1.8-meter fence to exit his temporary seclusion at the Distinction Hotel on the country’s northern island.

Air Commodore Darryn Webb said the man had previously tested the new coronavirus twice. He is not in police custody and will appear in court on Friday.

“Initial information suggests that an individual crossed the 1.8-meter rail ties to exit the facility and returned to the facility some time after,” said the release.

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“It is believed that the individual left the site for approximately half an hour, between approximately 6.30 p.m. and 7 p.m.”

People returning to New Zealand must be quarantined for at least two weeks and tested negative for COVID-19 before they can leave the managed isolation center.

“We spoke to a liquor store on Te Rapa Road where we believe the person went and cleaned up their premises following our investigations,” he said. “The police ensured that no one entered the store this morning until health officials confirmed that it was safe.

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On Wednesday, a 32-year-old man escaped from his quarantine hotel in Auckland to go to a supermarket. It was then tested positive for COVID-19, says a statement from Webb.

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Webb said he was smoking when he escaped through a fenced area. He will be charged, the statement said.

A few days earlier, a 43-year-old woman had escaped from her Auckland isolation center on foot, only to be found by police a few blocks less than two hours later.

New Zealand had more than 1,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, a stark contrast to the hardest hit countries like the United States and Brazil.

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The South Pacific country is believed to have coped with the pandemic so well due to its isolated geographic location and one of the most stringent locks in the world, said Time.

On March 23, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern adopted foreclosure measures that force people to stay in their homes, unless absolutely necessary.

She also closed borders and non-essential businesses and had to isolate herself upon her return to the country.

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