NT Police have now provided an update on this situation, with the escapees taken into custody:
Multiple people have escaped Howard Springs quarantine facility, search underway.
Multiple people have escaped from Darwin’s Howard Springs COVID-19 quarantine facility, it has been announced by local authorities in the area.
A large number of police officers are currently at the scene.
Officers in masks are searching vehicles in the area.
The Howard Springs facility is currently holding people ‘affected by the NT’s Katherine region COVID-19 outbreak’, as well as returned travellers from repatriation flights.
This includes the ‘co-ordinated transfer’ of 38 ‘positive COVID cases‘ from the Binjari community last week, which caused an international stir. NT authorities dismissed claims of conspiracy.
On Monday, authorities confirmed a case of the ‘Omicron variant’ in a man in his 30s who arrived on a repatriation flight from South Africa, who is staying at the centre.
However, it seems some weren’t too keen to continue at ‘Australia’s best facility’, and have escaped.
In a Facebook post posted one hour ago, NT Police said “a police operation” was underway in the vicinity of Howard Springs to find those who have escaped.
The post asks drivers in the area to slow down and follow officers’ directions.
This was followed by a more in-depth post on Facebook 40 minutes ago, in which police confirm three people from the Centre for National Resilience scaled the fence and fled the area.
Police say they are still investigating the incident and searching for the driver involved.
Last week, similar scenes were witnessed when a woman escaped from the locked down region of Binjari, found in a public housing complex north after contact tracers tracked the woman down.
Staff at the facility are conducting a headcount of those staying in the centre.
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