Saturday 27 June 2020

Why were 71 people released from quarantine after REFUSING to take covid19 test?

 This is the official position from the NZ government

A couple of days ago I asked the question - Flights into and 

There are lots of flights coming into the country. Who is on them and are they flying out empty.

However, there is this. An earlier version cited the Bill of Rights but that has disappeared from the article.

How is it, many will be asking, was the entire population put under virtual house arrest for 6 weeks and we were TOLD what we could and could not do and people were released from quarantine because they REFUSED to have a test.

THEIR human rights obviously mean more than nearly 5 million New Zealanders.

Who were these people?

An earlier version of this report cited the Bill of Rights as an excuse.  This was removed.

Coronavirus: 71 people 

released from managed 

isolation after refusing 

COVID-19 test

23 June, 2020

The Ministry of Health has confirmed 71 people left managed isolation despite refusing to be tested for COVID-19. 

On Friday the Ministry revealed out of the 2159 people in managed isolation between June 9 and 16, 1186 people have been contacted and tested negative.

However 71 people refused to be tested for the virus and were let back into the community untested.

On top of those who refused, 14 people granted an exemption from managed isolation were not tested.

"[They] will not be tested either on the basis of health, because they are a child, they have declined, they can no longer be contacted, or they have left the country," read the statement from the Ministry.

"These people have been assessed as presenting a very low risk due to the nature of their exemption, adherence to their required protocols and the negative test results of people associated with their bubble."

There are also hundreds of people being chased up by the Ministry for testing. 

"We are still in the process of connecting with 632 people," it said.

A total of 164 people provided invalid phone numbers, so the Ministry has referred them through to finding services. 

A further 199 people have been referred for a test "which we do not yet have a result for".

The news comes as New Zealand announces one new COVID-19 case - a man in his 30s who arrived in the country on June 21 from Kenya.

His case brings New Zealand's total active cases to 14 - there is still no evidence of community transmission. 

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