A man with the deadly Delta strain of COVID-19 has been arrested after allegedly breaking out of a quarantine facility, putting Aucklanders and Auckland’s lift out of lockdown at risk.
Newshub understands this is allegedly not his first escape. Initially, after the man tested positive, he was allowed by the Ministry of Health to isolate at home
Newshub has been told he breached that isolation order on Wednesday, left the house, and when he came back police busted him.
The Ministry of Health then sent him to quarantine on Wednesday night and he allegedly broke out. His family have been very cooperative.
It was the man who breached the rules, but it was the Government that breached the public trust – the magnitude of that cannot be understated.
Not only did it neglect to tell the public a Delta case was in the community overnight, but it also hid the fact he’d been out in the community during the day yesterday as well
So this infected guy was out in the community on Wednesday, and the Government never told us.
And then he escaped from MIQ close to midnight, and the Government didn’t even mention it at the 1 pm press conference.