A woman who was unwilling to self-isolate after arriving in Christchurch yesterday is expected to be deported amid fears of the coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Health confirmed in a press conference today.
A manager at the Rucksacker backpacker hostel, who did not wish to be named, confirmed to 1 NEWS that the woman had been staying there.
Police were called to the hostel at around 11.30am today, according to Stuff.
The hostel's manager told Stuff the woman had been wearing a face mask when she arrived to check-in a private room last night. The manager said an officer with the Ministry of Health came to the reception area the following morning to "check on her and ask what her plans were for her isolation".
"They were just questioning her for a little bit in my office. And then a couple of hours later we had about five police officers and another person from the ministry and they eventually took her away."
The woman was "a bit upset" but did not cause a scene, she said.
"She was only here for two weeks overall and obviously if you have to self-isolate there really isn't any point coming here."
Police have so far declined to comment.
It comes after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday announced strict measures forcing people entering the country from overseas to self-isolate for 14 days or risk deportation.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister issued a stark warning to tourists who flout the new rules.
"If you come here and have no intention to follow our requirements to self-isolate, frankly, you are not welcome and you should leave before you are deported," she said.