January 2, 2022 There have been 105 new community cases of Covid-19 in the past two days.
The DJ whose actions threatened to spread Omicron in the community after breaking the self-isolation rules will avoid prosecution.
The Department of Health had no plans to bring DJ Dimension – real name Robert Etheridge – to the police.
“The ministry continues to assess the need for coercive measures in the event of a violation of the Covid-19 public health intervention order on a case-by-case basis, and may request measures in cases where this would support the public health response. “the ministry said. in a report.
A police spokesperson reportedly said any enforcement action regarding the broken isolation rules would come after consultation with the health ministry – and usually follow a recommendation from them, which had not been received.
Etheridge admitted to leaving self-isolation early without receiving the result of his day 9 test, which then returned a positive result and was confirmed as the highly transmissible variant of Omicron.
Etheridge, a UK-based electronic music artist, was scheduled to perform at Rhythm & Alps near Wānaka before abruptly retiring shortly before taking the stage.
Before heading south, he spent several hours in the community on Boxing Day – visiting a number of Auckland hot spots including a nightclub and bar, restaurants and a jewelry store.
The guest artist posted a photo taken on Christmas Day at an Auckland beach with two dogs. The festive photo, which has since been deleted from social media, sends Christmas greetings from New Zealand and thanks for an incredible year in which her album reached the top of the UK dance charts.
The recent arrival from the UK was the first person infected with Omicron who has been active in the community in New Zealand.
In a statement on his Instagram page last week, Etheridge said he tested positive after 10 days in isolation.
“As per government rules, I was in managed segregation for seven days followed by three days of home segregation,” Etheridge said.
“During this time, I received three negative tests and showed no symptoms. After completing my ten-day isolation, and knowing that I had completed my quarantine, I entered the community.
“Much to my shock and concern, I unexpectedly received a positive test on the twelfth day, two days after my period of isolation ended.”