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Kiwi woman, 43, returning from Australia is arrested after escaping her hotel quarantine

A New Zealand woman has been arrested for escaping hotel quarantine after returning from Australia.

The 43-year-old ran away from the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on foot at about 6.20pm on Saturday night.

The woman, who was in coronavirus quarantine after returning from Brisbane on June 27, ran several blocks before she was caught by police at about 8pm.

The five officers who came into contact with her have now been tested for COVID-19 and have been forced to self-isolate, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The 43-year-old woman ran away from the Pullman Hotel (pictured) in Auckland on foot at about 6.20pm on Saturday night

The 43-year-old woman ran away from the Pullman Hotel (pictured) in Auckland on foot at about 6.20pm on Saturday night

The unidentified woman is in custody and police are considering charges. 

Air Commodore Darryn Webb, from the head of isolation management in New Zealand, said the woman’s exact movements are still being determined.

‘We recognise that managed isolation can be stressful for people who come to it with a variety of circumstances. 

‘However, wilfully leaving our facilities cannot and will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will be taken.’ 

He also said the woman, who will be assessed by a clinician, tested negative to the virus on June 30. 

All travellers arriving in New Zealand are required to isolate for 14 days, and test negative to the respiratory virus before they are allowed into the community.     

Air Commodore Darryn Webb, from the head of isolation management in New Zealand, said the woman's exact movements are still being determined (stock image of the Pullman Hotel)

Air Commodore Darryn Webb, from the head of isolation management in New Zealand, said the woman’s exact movements are still being determined (stock image of the Pullman Hotel)

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