Health Minister Chris Hipkins is updating the media on the government’s Covid-19 response, after it was confirmed today that a third person had escaped a managed isolation facility.
It was confirmed at midday today that a 50-year-old man has been arrested after he cut through fence ties in a 1.8 metre fence to break out of a managed isolation facility in Hamilton.
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Yesterday, there were three new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, all in managed isolation.
There was a total of 1190 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in New Zealand and the total number of active cases was 24.
On Wednesday, the one new case of Covid-19 was a man who had absconded from managed isolation at Stamford Plaza Hotel in Auckland and went to a Countdown supermarket on Victoria Street. The man is to face charges.
As a result of that escape and another incident on Saturday, the minister in charge of managed isolation facilities, Megan Woods, announced that there would be a permanent police presence at isolation facilities.
Source: rnz.co.nz Republished by arrangement.