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Friday, June 21, 2024

COVID couple fined $8,000

A COVID-19 infected couple who broke lockdown rules to travel into Queensland from Victoria have been fined $8,000.

Detectives from Task Force Sierra Linnet today issued a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) to the Melbourne couple for allegedly providing false information on their Queensland border declarations.

Police will allege the duo travelled into Queensland on June 5, via Goondiwindi after having been in Victoria and deliberately provided false information to obtain a Queensland Border Declaration Pass ‘G’ pass.

Police were alerted to the pair on June 9, after the woman tested positive for COVID-19.

The man subsequently tested positive the following day.

The duo has remained in hospital undergoing treatment for COVID-19 and were released by Queensland Health today.

“Police interviewed the duo this morning and following investigations, the 48-year-old man and 44-year-old woman have each been issued with a PIN for failing to comply with COVID-19 Border Direction – CHO Untrue Info ($4,003),” Queensland Police said in a statement this afternoon.

“The Queensland Police Service is committed to ensuring everyone complies with public health directions and will continue to enforce restrictions at the border.”

The Queensland Border Declaration Pass can be accessed at www.qld.gov.au/border-pass 

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