This past week saw Australia’s “gold-standard” for Covid-19 quarantine facilities come under fire after multiple escape attempts and a damning insider report.
On November 30, three teenagers attempted to escape the facility. In a 9 News Australia clip, reporter Davina Smith claims that “three people have escaped from the Howard Springs COVID Quarantine facility.” This news came just days after a 27-year old, who was negative for Covid-19, scaled the fence and escaped into a waiting vehicle.
Australia’s Northern Territory has experienced a recent uptick in Covid-19 in the poorer regions of Katherine. Residents of the small communities Binjari and Rockhole were placed on an extended hard lockdown of two weeks following 9 new positive cases in the Territory – which brings the region’s total count to 35.
This was a blow to these two small communities who had already been dealing with a two-day lockdown and extended power outages.
Some have questioned the wisdom of the move given that Covid-19 often spreads indoors. The Northern Territory’s Deputy Chief Health Officer, Dr. Charles Pain, says he is bracing for even more cases as authorities ramp up testing efforts.