Authorities in New Zealand have said that they will put all new coronavirus infectees and their close family members in “quarantine facilities.”
The new measure was announced by Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield during a press conference yesterday.
“All cases, confirmed cases, are to be managed in quarantine facilities,” said Bloomfield, adding that the move showed “how serious we are about limiting any risk of ongoing transmission – even in self-isolation and including to others in the household.”
“This will apply to any cases and also to close family members who might be at risk,” said Bloomfield.
In a separate video, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made it clear that anyone in the quarantine facility who refused to take a coronavirus test would simply be held there for at least 14 days.