A search is underway for three people who allegedly fled a Northern Territory COVID-19 quarantine facility near Darwin.

Police say the trio jumped the fence at The National Resilience about 4.30am on Wednesday and left the area.

Officers are searching for the group as staff at the facility work to identify who the absconders are.

Howard Springs is a large, open-air facility that is currently being used to quarantine Australians returning from overseas.

It’s also housing a number of residents from Katherine and surrounding areas, where an outbreak of COVID-19 erupted last month.

As of Tuesday, there were 58 cases of COVID-19 in the NT.


Earlier this week, a man in his 30s at Howard Springs was diagnosed with the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

He had arrived in Darwin on a repatriation flight from South Africa last week and his positive virus result was confirmed on Friday.

Currently, international arrivals on repatriation flights are required to quarantine at Howard Springs for 14 days.

Travellers who arrive on standard international flights into Darwin Airport are permitted to quarantine for seven days at their homes or another suitable location.