We’ve done a few posts on the coronavirus crackdown in Australia, where they take quarantining very seriously. They even have quarantine facilities to keep those who have tested positive for COVID or may have been exposed to someone with COVID locked down.

ABC News reports that multiple people escaped from the Howard Springs quarantine facility near the city of Darwin.

That “multiple” people turns out to be three teenagers who scaled a fence and made a run for it on foot. ABC News reports:

Northern Territory police say they don’t believe three teenagers who allegedly absconded from Darwin’s Howard Springs COVID-19 quarantine facility this morning came into contact with members of the community.

At a COVID update press conference, NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner confirmed the teenagers, aged 15, 16 and 17, tested negative for the virus yesterday.

He said all three were from the Binjari community near Katherine and had been sent into quarantine as close contacts of positive cases.

Mr Gunner said the isolation in quarantine was “pretty hard for some people … used to being close to family and community.”

He said the escape could mean an extension of the time the teenagers were required to stay in quarantine.

“Absconding from Howard Springs isn’t just dangerous — it is incredibly stupid,” he said.

“Because we will catch you and there will be consequences.”

They tested negative but might be kept in quarantine longer because of the escape attempt.

We’ve been watching in horror.

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