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Man flees Australian Covid quarantine using a bed sheet

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A 39-year-old man allegedly used a rope made from bed sheets to shimmy down from a fourth floor hotel room and flee Australian quarantine, police said.

(CNN)A 39-year-old man allegedly used a rope made from bed sheets to shimmy down from a fourth floor hotel room and flee Australian quarantine, police said.

The man arrived in Western Australia from Brisbane on Monday afternoon, but didn't meet the exemption requirements needed to enter the state, which currently has strict border rules in place, according to a statement from the Western Australia Police Force.

The man was told to leave Western Australia within 48 hours and was sent to a quarantine hotel overnight.

Australia's borders have been closed since last year to almost all non-Australians, and even those allowed into the country must pay thousands of dollars to quarantine for two weeks in a hotel.

That meant when the fast-spreading Delta variant, which was first detected in India, was found in Australia, there was little protection from vaccines.

Australia initially planned to vaccinate most of its population with the AstraZeneca vaccine, but later only recommended the dose for people aged over 60 due to concerns over blood clots.

The state's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the Delta variant was more infectious and moving faster than Australia's previous outbreaks.

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