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COVID-19 Infringements - Central Australia

24 July 2021

Northern Territory Police have located two people missing in Central Australia since Monday.

A 49-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man entered the Northern Territory at Kulgera. They were directed to go to the Alice Springs Quarantine Facility and undergo 14 days mandatory quarantine after enquiries indicated they had recently been in a Victorian hotspot. They did not arrive at the facility as agreed and an investigation was commenced by police to locate them. They were found at a Kings Canyon camp site and have been taken to quarantine.

A separate group of four people are also in the Alice Springs quarantine facility after they arrived from South Australia yesterday but did not submit the Border Entry Forms. Investigations determined that they left Adelaide on 22 July, a day after the city was declared a hotspot. A 29-year-old woman subsequently presented at the Alice Springs facility to begin quarantine. Three women, aged 41, 27 and 26, were found by police and escorted to mandatory quarantine.

Incident Controller Acting Commander Sachin Sharma said, “The behaviour of these people puts lives at risk. The Northern Territory has a high percentage of vulnerable people and every effort is being made to protect Territorians. We thank the community for their help in locating these people and alerting us to their selfish intentions.”

Police investigations are continuing and all six people are likely to be issued with infringement notices today.

The penalty for failing to abide by the Chief Health Officer Directions issued under section 56 of the Public and Environment Health Act 2011 is $5056 for an individual and $25,280 for a business.