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COVID-19 Infringement notice – Howard Springs

06 January 2021

Northern Territory Police have issued an infringement notice to a 33-year-old woman for leaving the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility.

The woman arrived in the Northern Territory on Saturday 2 January 2021, from the Greater Sydney region.

At around 5:25pm yesterday, the Joint Emergency Service Communication Centre received a call from a man staying in the facility, stating a woman was attempting to scale the fence.

Police located the woman approximately 200 metres from the facility in the vicinity of Howard Springs Road and Whitewood Road. She was taken back to the facility without incident.

Incident Controller Acting Commander Sachin Sharma said, “This is a rare occurrence and the measures in place have proved successful. We are comfortable with the current security arrangements in place.

“The woman was located within 15 minutes, and during this time posed no risk to any members of the public. She will remain under guard for the remainder of her time at the facility.”

The infringement penalty for failing to abide by the Chief Health Officer Directions issued under section 56 of the Public and Environment Health Act 2011 is $5,056 for an individual and $25,280 for a business.

For information on coronavirus (COVID-19), visit www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au

The total number of cases diagnosed in the Northern Territory is 88. All cases have been related to international or interstate travel, with no cases of community transmission.