Wellington, New Zealand (AP) – A woman flying to New Zealand was believed to avoid all physical contact with other people for 14 days as she went into mandatory quarantine. The person working in the quarantine hotel was considered the last line of defense.
But the two started passing notes to each other, with a face mask written on the back. Then he asked for a bottle of wine, which he delivered to his room. When he did not return 20 minutes later, a security manager sent in to investigate that the pair got together in what authorities are describing as an inappropriate encounter, one of which did not sustain a physical disturbance Was.
Earlier this month, which surfaced on Friday, a very human weak point has been highlighted in New Zealand’s coronavirus eradication processes, in a country that has halted the spread of the virus. This is similar to the flaws in Australia that contributed to a major outbreak in Melbourne last year.
“We’re working with humans,” COVID-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said. “We ask everyone to follow the standards that we hold in place. I cannot control the actions of every person.
Hipkins said the pair’s behavior was completely unacceptable and asked for a full investigation.
Brigadier Jim Bliss, head of Managed Isolation and Quarantine, said the worker was immediately sent home and asked for self-isolation. He was later fired. Meanwhile, the returning passenger was given a formal written warning by the police. Authorities breathed a sigh of relief after both returned negative coronovirus tests.
“The action of the two people involved in this incident is incredibly irresponsible and extremely disappointing,” Bliss said. “There is no room for decency.”
Bliss said staffing activities at the Grand Millennium Auckland Hotel did not reflect the 4,000 people working at bayonet hotels, who each day “selflessly put themselves between us and this virus.” He said that an investigation is underway to consider whether additional security measures are needed.
The identity of the two people involved has not been revealed by the authorities.
New Zealand’s successful response has resulted in just 25 deaths from the virus in a nation of 5 million. There are only new cases that arise from returning passengers, of which 100,000 have flown in the last one year. Officials and people across the country come to know of any violations at the border.