Trio in custory after escaping Howard Springs quarantine facility

UPDATE @ 11.30 AM | Three teens have been arrested after escaping from the Howard Springs quarantine facility in the Northern Territory.

They’d jumped the fence around 4.30 am and had been on the run for several hours before police found the trio in Palmerstone.

Officials have confirmed that the three teenagers are from Binjari and were recently put into isolation and may have been struggling with the isolation.

Authorities will now look at whether or not they can group them together to complete the rest of the quarantine, to make it a bit easier for them.

It’s understood that all three had recently tested negative for coronavirus.

EARLIER @ 9.00AM | Police are on the hunt for three people who’ve broken free of the quarantine facility in the Northern Territory.

Early reports suggest the trio scaled a fence and fled the Howard Springs camp around 4.40 am.

The identities of the people are yet to be confirmed but they’re understood to have been in quarantine at the facility.

It’s also not clear how long they’d been in quarantine.

Investigations are now underway and police are calling for anyone with information to come forward.

 

New COVID case in NT sparks snap three-day lockdown

Parts of the Northern Territory will go into a three-day lockdown after an infected man travelled to the region and spent four days in the community.

The lockdown will cover Greater Darwin and Katherine and will come into effect at midday.

A man in his 30s had travelled to Darwin on Thursday after completing 14 days in hotel quarantine in Sydney.

He returned a negative test at the completion of his hotel quarantine before being released.

The man travelled to the Northern Territory via Canberra on Thursday night.

Officials say the man spent three days in Darwin before travelling to Katherine for work where he is now in isolation.

“Like last time, we have made the decision to lock down fast because of what we do not know. We do not know yet the variant of this virus…critically, we do not know the source of his infection,” NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

“We do not know if he caught it in hotel quarantine, during his time at the Canberra Airport or at any other time during his transit.

“When we don’t know everything, we have to start by assuming the worst.”

Court

NT cop charged with murder granted bail

The Northern Territory policeman charged with the murder a 19-year-old indigenous man has been granted bail.

28-year-old Constable Zachary Rolfe and another went to the home of Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu, around 300 kilometres west of Alice Springs, on Saturday night to arrest him over breaches to a suspended sentence.

Rolfe allegedly fired three shots at Walker, which tragically resulted in the 19-year-old’s death.

It’s understood he was then taken to the local police station, because the medical staff at Yuendumu Health Centre had evacuated due to safety concerns earlier that day.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service also delayed their response as well, due to safety concerns.

Walker’s family and the local community were not told about the death until the morning after he was shot.

Medical staff from the neighbouring community of Yuelamu assisted in pronouncing Mr Walker dead.

A few of the staff were then allegedly injured in community unrest, and had to be treated for minor injuries in Alice Springs.

NT Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Michael White has since said that Walker lunged at an officer and stabbed him with a weapon and a struggle broke out before the shooting took place, though Walker’s family say that’s not what happened.

NT police internal investigators have since been looking over the officers’ body-worn cameras.

Last night, the 28-year-old officer was charged with murder. He fronted court this morning where he was granted bail, and suspended with pay.

He’s due to front Alice Springs court again on December 19.

Rallies have been conducted around the country yesterday, in Alice Springs, Darwin, Melbourne and Adelaide, calling for ‘Justice for Walker’.

Baby dies from meningococcal B

A BABY has tragically died in hospital after contracting meningococcal B in the Northern Territory.

The Department of Health today confirmed the infant, who is believed to be under six months old, had passed away in Royal Darwin Hospital after being admitted in a critical condition on June 13.

Everyone who had close contact with the child has been contacted and given clearance antibiotics.

It’s the fifth meningococcal case in the NT this year, with the other four cases all being the W strain.

The Centre for Disease Control said none of the cases were linked.

Following an outbreak of the W strain last year, the NT Government made the meningococcal ACWY vaccine available for free for all people aged one to 19 years.

The B vaccine remains on the private market and must be purchased.

Earthquake

Darwin shook for five minutes by 7.2 magnitude earthquake

Parts of Darwin have been evacuated after an earthquake rocked the city this afternoon.

Initial reports show  a 7.2 magnitude quake struck in the Banda Sea, near Indonesia, shortly before 1.00pm.

Tremors were felt in Darwin’s Central Business District for around five minutes.

Many buildings had to be evacuated, including hotels, businesses and schools.

The Bureau of Meterology in the Northern Territory says there is no threat of a tsunami.

No major injuries or damage to building have been reported yet.