Auckland, New Zealand:
A 32-year-old man who recently returned from India and tested positive for the deadly corona virus is accused of missing a managed isolation facility in Auckland to go to a supermarket, according to media reports.
The man, New Zealand's recent new case of COVID-19, fled an isolation facility through an enclosed area at around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, the New Zealand Herald reported.
He was taken to a quarantine facility after he was confirmed to have the coronavirus. However, the man was asymptomatic and did not appear to have come into close or accidental contact with anyone, the report said.
The man, whose identity was not immediately known, came from Delhi on July 3, he added.
Health minister Chris Hipkins has classified the man's actions as "selfish" and says he will be charged, the report said.
But he wouldn't describe the episode as a failure of the government trials, and although those trials are now being reviewed, he said if anyone should apologize, it was the man who broke the law.
Mr. Hipkins said that the man apparently made a decision spontaneously and fell through a void that replaced the fence.
A security guard watched the area, but confused the man with contractors working on the fence. The alarm went off in minutes, but the security guard couldn't find the man.
Mr. Hipkins said the man may have spent 20 minutes in the supermarket on Victoria Street West and voluntarily returned 70 minutes after he left, the report added.
He is charged and now faces a six-month prison sentence or a $ 4,000 fine, the report added.
After the positive test result of the man arrived today, the supermarket employees are now self-isolating and will also be tested for the virus, the stuff reported.
"CCTV footage from the supermarket confirmed that there was no close contact between the man and employees or customers during his time there," said Darryn Webb, head of Air Isolation's managed isolation and quarantine department.
There are currently 23 active COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, all in managed isolation or quarantine, and 1187 confirmed cases.
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