Police in New Zealand have urged thieves who stole a COVID-19 testing tent to submit themselves for testing.
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The tent was stolen from outside an Auckland hospital where it had been set up to test Kiwis for Covid-19, police said in a video posted on Facebook on Tuesday.
“Some fool, idiot, come and stole our tent – our Covid-19 testing tent,” she said in the video. “They chopped it off at the ground level. It was bolted in by concrete, and they just chopped it off.”
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Counties Manukau police Sergeant Brett Meale appealed for the thieves to return the tent – and submit themselves to testing for the virus, which is thought to survive on surfaces for several days.
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“If you have got that tent, or you know where it is, we’re quite happy if you could just let us know anonymously where we can pick it up from. You might save yourself a bit of trouble,” Meale said.
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“But if you have been in contact with that tent, I’d suggest you get yourself along here and get yourself tested for Covid-19.”
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Hansen said clinic staff had to “race round” to replace the tent, which they managed to do.
New Zealand has confirmed almost 650 cases of coronavirus and one death.