COVID-19: Prison Break star Wade Williams says he was exposed to virus in New Zealand, quarantining in Auckland

Prison Break star Wade Williams is currently completing quarantine in Auckland after the actor was allegedly exposed to COVID-19 at a massage parlour.

The 58-year-old, best known for his starring role as Brad Bellick on the popular television series, appeared on CNN via video link on Wednesday. 

The actor, who has been in New Zealand working on a re-shoot for a project, claims he was exposed to the virus while getting a massage at an unspecified parlour.

"I've been doing this piece of work here, some stunts where I threw myself on the ground about 10 times. I had to die falling backwards, I was a little sore," Williams explained to the CNN host.

"I went to a nice spot and had a massage and I happened to lay on the massage table with my face in that little hole that somebody - who had tested positive [for] COVID - had just been in, right before I went in.

"Even though they cleaned the table and they changed the sheets and they cleaned the room and wore masks and [took] temperatures, they were concerned I might get it."

Williams said he got the massage on a Thursday afternoon, and was contacted by health officials on Saturday morning.

"By the end of that day or the next morning I was in quarantine for 14 days - and I'm happy to do it, to be honest with you."

The actor, who has also starred in MDs, Mercy Street and The Bernie Mac Show, said he will be permitted to leave in the coming days pending a final negative test result - and if he remains symptom-free.

It's unclear where the actor is staying in Auckland.

However, Williams was full of praise for New Zealand's border management in response to the pandemic, saying the country had done "a really good job".

"I think anybody can do this if they just ask the people of New Zealand how they do it," he said.

"I was educated by the New Zealand Government about how to use their app. They know you've been somewhere, and who's been there with you. They know pretty quickly if there's been someone there with you that had tested positive."

CNN also aired footage taken by Williams from quarantine, with one clip showing the mask-clad actor seemingly taking some air outside the facility, the ground marked with chalk messages reading 'COVID sucks' and '24 days and counting'.

The United States has recorded more than 11.4 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 249,700 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. In comparison, New Zealand has recorded just 1652 confirmed cases of the virus, including imported infections detected in new arrivals, and 25 deaths.

The Ministry of Health has been contacted for comment.