March 19, 2020
Disneyworld horror with Covid threat
As New Zealand closes its borders to everyone except citizens and permanent residents, a south Auckland mother says trying to get her daughter back from the United States is turning into a horror movie.
Hineamaru Ropati says her daughter was working as a lifeguard at Disneyworld Orlando in Florida, which has been closed because of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
A scheduled flight back via San Francisco was cancelled, and she and another Mangere kotiro have been unable to book on another carrier.
"If we can’t get them home physically then we've got to try to get them into some accommodation that isn't going to be any risk to them so that they can be safe on that side and wait it out. It's like one of those horror movies," she says.
The Government last night closed the borders to everyone but citizens, residents and key health workers in what is an unprecedented action.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the rapidly worsening global health situation means that the threat to people's health in New Zealand has risen.
Attempts to get visitors to self-isolate didn’t seem to be working, even with a threat of deportation.
New Zealanders returning still have to self-isolate for 14 days.
There are now 28 cases of Covid-19 in the country – all with overseas links.
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