NT police are looking for South Australian men accused of skipping quarantine in Alice Springs

Police in the Northern Territory are looking for two men who they say crossed the border from South Australia on Christmas Eve and failed to be quarantined in Alice Springs as directed.

They say Akiir Lueth, 29, and Pashaiy Ayiik, 31, entered the territory via the Kulgera checkpoint near the NT / SA border on Friday.

The couple was asked to quarantine at the Todd facility in Alice Springs, but did not arrive.

Police say the car the men were driving – a red Ford Focus Hatch – was located on Gap Road, which is close to the central business district.

It is believed that the men are currently in Alice Springs.

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NT police say Akiir Lueth (left) and Pashaiy Ayiik were sent to quarantine on Friday.(Delivered: NT Police)

NT Police Incident Controller acting commander Lauren Hill said the men were in violation of a Chief Health Officer’s directive and their actions posed a risk to the Alice Springs community.

“We are currently dealing with COVID-19 cases in other parts of the territory, and the actions of these men are putting unnecessary pressure on police resources,” she said.

“Both men are required to present themselves to police at the front gate of the Alice Springs Quarantine Facility.”

A mask mandate issued to Alice Springs last week due to potential concerns about the spread of COVID-19 from Tennant Creek was lifted on Christmas Eve.

Since the border reopened on December 20, intergovernmental and overseas arrivals can travel freely in most parts of the NT, but most show a negative PCR test result on arrival or isolate until they return a negative test.

The NT government says an update on COVID case numbers will be released via press release this morning.

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