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Howard Springs quarantine facility handed over to NT government

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Howard Springs, Australia’s prize COVID quarantine facility, on Monday began a large shift in how it operates.

The facility, which a little over 12 months ago was an obscure and dormant mining camp on the outskirts of Darwin, has seen a lot of change since it first screened Australian coronavirus evacuees from Wuhan in February 2020.

A makeshift quarantine centre at the beginning of the pandemic, Howard Springs developed into what health experts have dubbed a “gold standard” purpose-built infection control facility, safely quarantining thousands of arrivals, including domestic travellers, overseas fruit pickers, international students and repatriated Australians.

The upcoming change in management, which started on Monday, will…



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