Covid 19 coronavirus: Residents of Auckland’s Vincent Residences at centre of outbreak still coming and going

Residents living in the central city apartment block at the centre of the latest Covid-19 scare say they are able to come and go as they please.

Health Minister Chris Hipkins yesterday announced a new case of Covid-19 in the community, with no obvious source of transmission.

The woman, who is in her 20s, lives at the Vincent Residence in Central Auckland, next door to the Grand Millennium, a managed isolation hotel.

Residents of the apartment building were told they should self-isolate and get a test, during the Government’s press conference yesterday.

But this morning, residents outside the building told Stuff they had not been told they could not leave.

When the Herald visited this morning, health officials could be seen in the lobby and a police car with officers inside was parked across the road.

Ahsan Manzooll left the Vincent St building this morning to get milk and coffee, Stuff reported.

“We haven’t been told that we’re not allowed to leave,” he said.

Another resident, who was returning from buying groceries, said he had only been told there had been an outbreak and he needed to get tested. He was told instructions would follow but he had not heard anything.

One resident told RNZ he was not impressed with how health officials had handled the situation.

“Friends of mine phoned me about 2pm when I was out. No Covid tracer notification, no nothing. So I got home at just after 3pm – there were no signs, no people, no nothing. I’d already tried to go through two drive-through testing units. And they were all closed, said that they were ‘too full’ even though I mentioned I was from this building.”

He believed some people had quickly moved out of the building when they heard the news yesterday.

“When I arrived back here, because I was out on the road, I saw people leaving with suitcases and I thought ‘what’s going on?'” he said.

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