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Australian man arrested for escaping quarantine camp

Randy Mancini 41 December 2, 2021
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Passengers from flight QF112 are transported to the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility on May 15, 2021 in Darwin, Australia. The arrival from New Delhi is the first repatriation flight for Australians who have been stranded in India following the lifting of the federal government's ban on flight arrivals from India as the country continues to battle a massive COVID-19 outbreak. Passengers on the flight will do mandatory quarantine at the Howard Springs facility for 14 days before being able to travel on to their home states. (Photo by Steven Hoare/Getty Images)

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA – MAY 15: Passengers from flight QF112 are transported to the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility on May 15, 2021 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Steven Hoare/Getty Images)

An Australian man has been arrested after a large-scale manhunt ensued following his escape from a COVID quarantine camp.

Reports on Thursday found the 27-year-old man escaped from a COVID camp in Australia’s Northern Territory last Friday, after testing negative for the virus a day prior. The man jumped the fence and went to the city of Darwin before being arrested on Wednesday. This comes despite posing no risk of COVID spread.

Separately, a group of teenagers also escaped from the same camp after testing negative for the virus. They were also arrested.

Meanwhile, critics have said Australia’s quarantine camps are a violation of human rights.

“It’s horrible, it’s a horrible feeling. It’s inhumane what they’re doing,” said former detainee, Hayley Hodgson. “As I said, you’re in a box. Your mind’s just going. You feel like you’ve done something wrong when you haven’t.”

Quarantine camp inmates are required to stay inside for two weeks and they face a $5,000 fine if they refuse the “voluntary” isolation.

Meanwhile, in Australia. Quarantine camps. They are so far down the rabbit hole now. pic.twitter.com/nrZnIc9cV6

— James Melville (@JamesMelville) September 7, 2021

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