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A 27-year-old Cambridge man has been charged after allegedly altering a Covid-19 test result text message to say he had returned a positive result.
Yesterday, the man allegedly edited a text message from officials who informed him that his test returned negative. He contacted a number of people, telling them that he was positive for the virus.
He has been charged with intent to deceive, Police say — due to appear in Hamilton District Court tomorow.
Inspector Will Loughrin says authorities were made aware of the incident last night after a concerned individual contacted Police.
“The Ministry of Health has confirmed the individual undertook a Covid-19 test on September 20, which returned a negative test result on September 22,” he said.
“This is extremely disappointing behaviour that has caused unnecessary distress for a number of people in the Cambridge community.”
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