Australia Captures and Arrests Three Quarantine Camp Escapees

Three people who escaped a Covid quarantine compound in northern Australia by climbing over the perimeter fence have been found and arrested after the Australian authorities launched a manhunt to capture those who broke out, which involved setting up police checkpoints and conducting vehicle searches. The trio had all tested negative for Covid the day before they snuck out of the facility. RT has the story.

Australian police have arrested three people who escaped a Covid quarantine compound near Darwin in the Northern Territory. They had all tested negative the day before they broke out.

On Wednesday, police alleged that three people had scaled the perimeter fence of the compound in order to break out of the facility situated near Darwin in the Northern Territory. Police say the trio escaped the Center for National Resilience just before 4:40am.  

Officers had set up checkpoints and were inspecting cars in the area in an attempt to find the absconders. The three were swiftly caught and taken into custody. 

“Police and staff at the Centre for National Resilience are currently confirming the absconder’s identities prior to releasing further information,” authorities stated. 

Officials did not confirm whether the inmates were returning travellers or local citizens who had been put into quarantine. According to the BBC, the centre has been used in recent days to house people infected with Covid from an outbreak in Katherine, a town 185 miles away. 

The Howard Springs site can hold up to 2,000 people; it is situated within an old mining camp which was turned into a quarantine centre by the Australian government in August.

The three individuals arrested had tested negative for Covid on Tuesday.

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