Police arrest man for COVID breaches at Howard Springs, then apparently bailed into the community

by | Jul 27, 2021 | COVID-19 | 0 comments

A 33-year-old Queensland man has been arrested for allegedly breaching quarantine rules, NT Police said, and then apparently released on bail into the community.

Police say the man arrived onboard a flight from Cairns on Monday and allegedly failed to provide adequate details as to his whereabouts for the last two weeks to gain entry into the NT.

He was then directed by health officials to enter supervised quarantine at Howard Springs.

But police allege the man “committed further breaches of the Chief Health Officer’s directions” while at the facility.

They did not provide details of what the man was alleged to have done.

“The man was subsequently arrested and taken into police custody,” a statement said.

“He has been charged with breach of CHO Directions and has been bailed to appear on August 24, 2021.”

It is unclear where the man currently is and how he was arrested by police if they were concerned he may be a risk of being infected with COVID-19.

It was also not explained if he was released into the community after being bailed.

“We are working around the clock to stop COVID-19 spreading into the Territory. Non-compliance is not only disappointing, but it is not acceptable and we will not hesitate to act when it comes to ensuring the safety of all Territorians,” said Incident Controller A/Commander Hege Burns.

“It is important that everyone who enters the Territory complete and submit their NT Border Entry Form, including detailing all locations they have resided at and visited for the past 14 days prior to entry, regardless of whether you have come from a hotspot location or not.”

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