Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Cambridge man arrested after editing text to say he tested positive

A Cambridge man has been arrested after he edited a text message to inaccurately say he had returned a positive Covid-19 test.

Waikato west area commander Will Loughrin said the 27-year-old contacted a number of people informing them he had returned a positive result.

Police were made aware of the situation on Wednesday night after being contacted by a concerned individual. The man was arrested tonight.

The Ministry of Health confirmed the man had a Covid-19 test on September 20 and received a negative result two days later.

He has been arrested for altering a document with intent to deceive.

“This is extremely disappointing behaviour that has caused unnecessary distress for a number of people in the Cambridge community,” Loughrin said.

The man is due to appear in the Hamilton District Court on Friday.

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