At Crowne Plaza in Auckland, 12 returnees, including two children with Covid symptoms, violated MIQ rules. Photo / Sylvie Whinray
Twelve people, including two children with Covid-19 symptoms, were involved in three controlled quarantine and quarantine violations at a hotel in Auckland over the weekend.
Currently, all 12 are waiting for swab results 48 hours after the breach and remain quarantined until the test results are negative.
After Herald’s inquiry on Wednesday, Brigadier General Rose King, co-head of MIQ, confirmed the breach.
“The actions of everyone involved are incredibly disappointing,” King said.
“Currently, everything is isolated and everything is undergoing further testing. If someone tests positive, the length of stay will be extended.”
The people involved in the breach arrived in New Zealand from Samoa on June 11. None of the workers were recognized as seasonal employers. All were stationed at Crowne Plaza in Auckland during the MIQ period.
The breach occurred over an hour on Sunday night.
King identified the first “two young children” involved, sitting and running around the hotel corridor for about 45 minutes.
“The young returnee was now a symptomatological case and should have been quarantined,” King said while wearing the mask.
Returnees from another room (who were further involved in the breach that night) stopped by them for about 15 minutes while they were outside the room.
“The second breach involved one returnee who left his room and entered another,” King said.
MIQ was told that the other room was occupied by a cousin.
“They were in the room for about 20 minutes. No masks were worn,” King said.
In the third breach, four returnees sat in the hallway and talked in close proximity to each other for more than 15 minutes without wearing masks.
“They immediately returned to the room and were warned not to enter the hallway without a mask at any time,” King said.
“Then they returned to the corridor again. At that point, facility managers and on-site police and interpreters re-educated them. Police warned them.”
All violations were caught on CCTV.
King said all arrivals from Samoa were given the option to receive a MIQ welcome pack written in Samoan.
On Wednesday, a Samoa interpreter spoke to the people staying in each room and repeated the MIQ regulation.
One source previously told Herald that the incident happened over the weekend. Such violations were not uncommon in controlled quarantine when passengers entered each other’s room.
But this was the biggest bubble breach ever in MIQ, he said.
The only positive point was that the returnees came from a non-Covid-infected country in the community.
But it would have changed the situation if they had invited at least one person from the high-risk Covid country to the rally, sources said.
The breach trio occurs after many other incidents in controlled quarantine facilities across the country.Including workers Dismissed after encounter in bedroom With returnees at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Auckland.
The banned hotel contact on January 7 was not published until a few weeks later.
Brigadier General Jim Bliss of MIQ then described it as “incredibly irresponsible and very disappointed” at the time.
Both hotel workers and returnees tested negative for Covid-19 before and after the encounter.
Covid 19 Coronavirus: 2 children with viral symptoms out of 12 who violate MIQ rules
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