Statement from Air Commodore Darryn Webb, Head of Managed Isolation and Quarantine — 5 July

A 43-year-old woman who absconded from a managed isolation facility in Auckland on Saturday evening is in police custody.

A 43-year-old woman who absconded from a managed isolation facility in Auckland on Saturday evening is in police custody.

The woman absconded from the Pullman Hotel on foot shortly before 6:20pm and was located soon after a couple of blocks away at 8pm on Anzac Avenue.

This was excellent work by Police staff who located the woman as quickly as possible. She was located outdoors. The exact movements of the woman are still being determined. 

Charges are being considered by Police.

The woman, who was travelling on her own, arrived in New Zealand from Brisbane, Australia, on 27 June. She had a COVID-19 test on 30 June which returned a negative result.

We recognise that managed isolation can be stressful for people who come to it with a variety of circumstances. However, wilfully leaving our facilities cannot and will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will be taken.

Every person who arrives in New Zealand must be isolated from other people for a minimum period of 14 days. They must also test negative for COVID-19 before they can go into the community.

This 14-day period forms a critical part of the actions being taken to keep New Zealand and New Zealanders safe during a global pandemic when case numbers are constantly increasing overseas.

Police are taking all necessary precautions to keep its staff safe. As such, the five Police officers who came into contact with the woman will self-isolate and undergo a COVID-19 test.

Further advice will be provided to the officers around self-isolation and testing once we have clarified with certainty the movements and contact throughout the incident.

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