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.
'Multiple' people escape from Howard Springs COVID quarantine facility near Darwin https://t.co/O1CF94jOE7
— ABC News (@abcnews) November 30, 2021
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.
Escaped? Absconded? Left without permission?
— Azzamataz (@AaronTheRad) November 30, 2021
Prison Colony 2.0
— Btech (@Nomad_Wonderer) December 1, 2021
Why would someone escape paradise? 🤡🌎 pic.twitter.com/sBIIDHAqF5
— Rene 🌮🐉 (@Rene_Reds) December 1, 2021
Why would people escape, when some media reported they have a luxurious life in Howard Springs? Seems not as comfy as some were trying to make it look like “comfortable life” in “captivity”.
— Ruslan (@Ruslan11431897) December 1, 2021
“Escape” implies imprisonment. And why would they wish to escape? We were told it was like staying at a luxury resort. 🤡
— Endive (@name21_the) December 1, 2021
It's supposed to be voluntary no?
— Gaetan Jobin (@Gaetan_Jobin) December 1, 2021
They all seem to be concentrated into one camp.
— Christmas Oaf (@Wichita_Jon) December 1, 2021
Sounds like they need to really concentrate on keeping them in the camps for our safety
— Ian (@bunchofnumberz) December 1, 2021
3 escape a “voluntary” covid camp; manhunt; cops say public was in minimal danger; the camp is called a “Center for National Resilience”. No, none of this sounds creepy AF. Does Mad Max make an appearance in this dystopian story?
— MonkeeShox (@MonkeeShox) December 1, 2021
And the 3 that got caught didn't even have covid.
— doomscroller extraordinaire (@baronetizen) December 1, 2021
This doesn't sound like quarantine. It sounds like a prison camp. pic.twitter.com/DVQrz5FPj5
— Beastlorion🔺️👻 (@Beastlyorion) December 1, 2021
But the "Centre of National Resilience" sounds so patriotic…
— Cryptalex (@iAMcQueen) December 1, 2021
Why were they placed in the facility against their will?
This is happening because people accepted the hotel quarantine and home detention.
— Reelist Reviews (@reelistreview) December 1, 2021
What sort of sick country locks up teenagers for being in contact with covid cases? Australia has sunk to depths I never believed possible of a modern democracy.
— Carl Chambers (@Jackal854) December 1, 2021
We’ve been watching in horror.
‘Guys …’ Nothing to see here, just the Australian army transferring positive COVID cases and their contacts to Quarantine Camps (watch) https://t.co/Yfkp77VGUL
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 22, 2021