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Covid-19 Positive Sydney Man On The Run Declared 'Public Enemy Number 1'

Stewart Perrie

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Covid-19 Positive Sydney Man On The Run Declared 'Public Enemy Number 1'

Featured Image Credit: NSW Police

Anthony Karam has been declared 'public enemy number one' in New South Wales.

The 27-year-old reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus, he has refused to isolate at his home and has instead been defiantly roaming the community.

He was ordered to stay home on August 14 when his Covid-19 test came back positive.

However, when NSW Police went to check on him, they discovered the address he gave them was incorrect and authorities were immediately worried.

The last time Karam was seen he was coughing and is considered to be 'sick'.

Credit: NSW Police
Credit: NSW Police

Every time health authorities give an update on daily case numbers, the amount of people who were infectious while in the community is often the biggest concern.

The idea that someone who is fully aware they are infectious and is refusing to isolate it extremely concerning.

A NSW Police spokesperson told the Daily Telegraph: "Anthony has failed to isolate as directed by the Public Health Order and despite numerous attempts by police to find him; he has not been located.

"Subsequently, the Chief Health Officer made a statement under Section 12A of the Public Health Act warning the public about Anthony Karam.

"The NSW Police Force subsequently issued a warrant for Anthony's arrest for failing to comply with the Public Health Order."

Police say the 27-year-old has been spotted in Parramatta, and possibly Greenacre and Wentworth Point over the weekend.

He was caught on CCTV repeatedly coughing while leaving an apartment elevator.

This is the first time NSW Health and Police have been given permission to execute Section 12A of the Public Health Act because of the seriousness of the situation.

Credit: NSW Police
Credit: NSW Police

Normally, they aren't allowed to name a person and their medical condition, but Karam being infectious in the community warrants him being identified so that people can alert authorities to his whereabouts.

The 27-year-old has been described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance with an olive complexion.

He stands around 170cm tall, is of a thin build with short dark hair, and has brown eyes, a beard and moustache.

People are urged not to get too close to him and his relatives and friends have been told to contact him and encourage him to turn himself in.

It comes as New South Wales broke the country's record for the highest number of new cases for a single day over the weekend.

The state recorded 830 new cases of Covid-19 after hundreds of thousands of tests.

Topics: Australia

Stewart Perrie
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