Man Faces Criminal Charges for Ignoring Quarantine Order in New Zealand

By Lorenz Duchamps
Lorenz Duchamps
Lorenz Duchamps
September 2, 2021 Updated: September 2, 2021

A New Zealand citizen who had tested positive for the CCP virus was taken into custody on Thursday in central Auckland after he disobeyed a quarantine order, according to police.

In New Zealand, people who test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, are routinely required to isolate in hotels run by the military.

The unidentified male left the compound at around 10:30 p.m. local time and was on the run for about 12 hours before police arrested him at his “usual place of residence,” 9News reported.

He appeared before a court virtually and was charged with breaching COVID-19 legislation. He was granted bail and sent back to the managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facility.

The home of the man was surrounded by police officers before they took him into custody in Ōtāhuhu, a suburb of Auckland.

“Police are liaising with the Ministry of Health on this matter to understand this person’s movements since he left the MIQ facility and being located in Ōtāhuhu,” Superintendent Steve Kehoe said.

“All police staff who have responded to this incident have been following all health guidelines, in accordance with police COVID-19 procedures,” he added.

Speaking to reporters about the Thursday night incident, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said it had not been confirmed exactly how the man escaped the facility, although closed-circuit cameras showed a man hiding in a bush when a security guard walked past.

Under a new CCP virus law passed last year, the man could face a fine or up to six months in jail if found guilty of failing to comply with a health order.

Auckland is in a level four lockdown, the highest level of lockdown in the country. Under level four, everyone is required to stay at home and are only allowed to make physical contact with those in their household bubble. Businesses and schools will be closed and only essential services will be operational.

The Associated Press has contributed to this report.

From NTD News