Infectious diseases expert on people escaping from isolation facilities

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Thu, 9 Jul 2020, 9:59AM
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Infectious diseases expert on people escaping from isolation facilities

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 9 Jul 2020, 9:59AM

Calls for stricter rules for people at managed isolation facilities.

So far, two people have escaped from their facilities, the second on Tuesday evening, from the Stamford Plaza hotel in Auckland.

The 32-year-old man went to the Victoria St West Countdown, and has since tested positive for coronavirus.

Otago University infectious diseases expert David Murdoch says we need to have a reliable and secure system in place.

“We have all worked very hard to get to this point – and we would hope people coming into the country should respect that."

For breaching the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act, the punishment could be a fine of up to $4000, or six months jail time.

Murdoch says the facilities need to be working well, so we can continue our elimination strategy.

“Victoria is a good example of what could happen if we continue to have people breaching the rules. We should be highly motivated to make sure our system is secure.”

The Victoria St West Countdown is reopening to the public at 7 this morning.