Police in New Zealand have arrested a man who briefly fled managed isolation in the city of Auckland.
New Zealand requires all travellers arriving in the country to spend 14 days in a managed isolation facility.
Police said the 32-year-old man, who has not been identified, absconded from the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday but only got a short distance before he was apprehended. He had spent one day in isolation after arriving from Brisbane.
“This man will be summonsed to appear in court to face a charge under the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act,” police said. Under the law, escapees can face up to six months in prison or a hefty fine.
Air Commodore Darryn Webb, quoted by the New Zealand Herald, said defence force staff had challenged the man as he tried to follow them out a gate, claiming he was a worker. The man failed to stop and was chased for a short distance before being arrested.
New Zealand has been lauded as a success story for its handling of the virus. It was quick to close its borders and implement a strict nationwide lockdown.