Man, 39, ties bedsheets together to escape 4th floor Covid hotel quarantine

A man in Perth, Australia made a shameful escape from his mandatory Covid quarantine despite rules in place to protect other citizens.

The man, who was forced to quarantine in a hotel, made his escape from the fourth floor by tying bedsheets together and forming a makeshift rope, reports Reuters.

The 39-year-old arrived in the West Coast city from Brisbane on Monday, July 19 but was denied access to the state under stiff travel rules designed to prevent the spread of Covid.

According to police he did not satisfy any exemption categories under existing restrictions for Queensland.

He was instructed to leave the state within 48 hours and taken to a hotel for temporary quarantine but just before 1am on Monday he made a bolt for it and "fled the area", according to a Facebook post by Western Australia Police.

Police officers managed to pick him up around eight hours later at 8.55am on Beaufort Street and he was taken into custody.

He was charged with failing to comply with a direction and providing "false/misleading information".

The man subsequently tested negative for Covid but police gave no indication for the man's actions.

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Commenting on Western Australia Police's Facebook page most people appeared annoyed by the man's actions.

One person commented: "About time someone went to jail or at least a hefty fine. They are not taking it seriously."

A second person replied to the post: "Public flogging then straight on flight to Queensland. All at his expense."

While a third person added: "Obviously he's done the wrong thing, but what an impressive effort of escape!"

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