Police arrest man who tested positive to Covid and went on the run

A man who allegedly went on the run from police after testing positive to Covid-19 has been arrested. Anthony Karam, 27, who was wanted on outstanding warrant for multiple alleged breaches of the Public Health Order, was taken into custody on Thursday in Sydney’s west. Mr Karam was told by health authorities he had contracted Covid-19 on August 14 and was ordered to self-isolate. But he allegedly failed to do so and provided officials with a fake address.

Police issued a warrant for his arrest after numerous attempts to find him. He was also subject to an order under the Public Health Act. Police have previously described Mr Karam as “public health enemy number one”. “He is not only a danger to the community but to himself as he is sick and can be seen coughing when he was last seen in an apartment block,” a spokeswoman said this week. Police reportedly negotiated with Mr Karam to turn himself in, but he allegedly backflipped on the surrender.

He was arrested on Thursday evening at a Wentworth Point unit after a public appeal for information. As he was led out of the unit, Mr Karam told reporters: “I’ve been isolating the whole time mate.” Police expect charges to be laid. Days earlier, NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant issued a public statement advising Mr Karam was infectious with Covid-19 and warning the community to avoid contact with him.

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