Sunday, May 26, 2024

Returning Queenslander is COVID positive

A Queensland man infected with COVID-19 is in hotel quarantine and under investigation following an alleged border breach that saw him travel within Victoria and back to Queensland while infectious.

Police will allege the man travelled from Victoria (Tullamarine Airport) to Brisbane Airport yesterday morning.

As per Queensland’s current border restrictions, the man returned from a declared COVID-19 hotspot and was placed into hotel quarantine.

Deputy Police Commissioner, Steve Gollschewski said investigations revealed that the man not only provided false information on his Queensland border declaration but also allegedly breached quarantine in Victoria.

“Our initial investigations have indicated to us that this person is COVID positive and was COVID positive while in Victoria, and has provided, it would appear, untrue information in relation to the border declaration pass.”

He said the 48-year-old man arrived yesterday on a Jetstar flight with 84 other passengers – all have been placed into quarantine.

“This is going to be completely and thoroughly investigated by Queensland authorities,” said Dep Comm Gollschewski.

The Deputy Commissioner said the man was “very well known” to police.

He said the Queensland Police Service was committed to ensuring everyone complies with public health directions and will continue to enforce restrictions at the border.

“I’m pleased that our system was able to identify this person. Clearly this is a significant risk – people doing this kind of thing.”

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

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