Police charge woman who left quarantine
A woman who climbed a fence to escape a COVID-19 isolation facility has been charged.
Police say the 43-year-old will appear in the Auckland District Court, once she has completed her managed isolation obligations.
She faces a charge of a breach of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act.
The woman arrived from Brisbane on June 27 and returned a negative COVID-19 test three days later.
Earlier, Minister Megan Woods said people in isolation facilities need to take some personal responsibility.
"This is a clearly marked area where it's a given that you shouldn't be leaving it, we're not putting up the unclimbable walls at these hotels, we're asking those re-joining the team of five million to follow the rules."
Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act the maximum penalty is six months in prison or a $4000 fine, she said.
Five police officers attended the incident and went into isolation as a precaution, following an assessment four of the officers were deemed to have had no contact with the woman or took necessary measures and they have since returned for duty, says a police spokesperson.
One officer remains in isolation pending the result of a COVID-19 test.