12 Feb 2021

More managed isolation spots to be released

6:59 am on 12 February 2021

More managed isolation vouchers will be released for April and May over the next few days.

The Grand Millennium Hotel, which is being used as a managed isolation facility, in Auckland CBD.

The Grand Millennium Hotel in Auckland is being used as a managed isolation facility. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Managed isolation and quarantine officials stopped re-releasing people's cancelled vouchers at the start of the month, as the Pullman Hotel was gradually emptied of returning travellers.

The vouchers were kept for contingencies as authorities investigated Covid-19 transmission at the hotel.

Now some new dates are being released in small batches to avoid a system overload.

Five cases of the South African strain of Covid-19 were linked to the Pullman, after a Northland woman tested positive for the virus after leaving the facility.

The most recent case was reported in Hamilton on 6 January, after another former Pullman guest tested positive a week after leaving the hotel.

CCTV is being installed at the Pullman and its ventilation system, suspected of being a factor in the outbreak, is being upgraded.

The Ministry of Health hasn't yet said when the isolation hotel is likely to resume operation.

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