Saturday, April 13, 2024

Man, 53, escapes WA quarantine

A 53-year-old WA man will face court for failing to comply with a public health direction after police say he fled from hospital while waiting to be transported to a managed quarantine facility.

Police say the man arrived in Perth yesterday evening after visiting family in Queensland.

They say he had not applied to re-enter WA and that, on arrival, he reportedly complained of non-COVID related symptoms.

He was permitted entry to the state and was issued a hospital direction and conveyed by ambulance. 

After receiving treatment at a medical facility, he was instructed to wait for transport to hotel quarantine.  

Police were advised that the man left prior to the transport arriving.

A short time later, he was located by police in a Northbridge Hotel after checking into a nearby backpackers.

Health advice in relation to the circumstances of the traveller is that there is a very low risk of any COVID exposure; however, the man has been tested for COVID as a precautionary measure.

Police have spoken with the Hotel management who elected to close the Hotel and undertake cleaning.

The man has now been directed to Hotel Quarantine and will be summonsed for Fail to Comply with Direction to appear in Perth Magistrates Court at a later date. 

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