Police have prosecuted nearly 1000 COVID-related breaches, but are not being called upon to take action against those defying isolation or testing orders, Newshub reveals. According to Commissioner Andrew Coster, if people refuse to self-isolate or get tested, the police can only act if called in by health officials. Coster said police do pursue alert level violations such as illegal mass gatherings and regional border breaches. Wellington tops the list with 197 prosecutions, followed by Canterbury with 158, then Counties Manukau with 125. Meanwhile, police have also handed out 6352 verbal and written warnings, alongside prosecutions.
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