Australia Tasmanian Premier warns of 'choppers in the sky' ahead of coronavirus Easter blitz

04:11  09 april  2020
04:11  09 april  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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The Tasmanian Government is warning there will be "choppers in the sky" this long weekend, ensuring people stay home for Easter.

Premier Peter Gutwein said there would be a statewide police "blitz" and an "effective lockdown" in the north-west, where a COVID-19 outbreak investigation is continuing around the North West Regional Hospital and North West Private Hospital.

"To be frank, today the gloves come off," Mr Gutwein said.

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"The period of education is over.

"We still have Tasmanians that are flaunting the rules.

"I have been fair, I have been reasonable and I have taken every step and every precaution that we can to save lives. But we will only save lives if Tasmanians follow the rules.

"Today we'll be putting helicopters up. There will be eyes in the sky."

Tasmania has 107 confirmed cases of coronavirus — 23 of which Health Minister Sarah Courtney said were linked to the outbreak in the north-west.

The Premier described the next five days as "the most critical".

"It is not good enough to be hearing reports of campers and trailers heading to the east coast. It's simply not good enough to think that you can blatantly break these rules," he said.

"People's lives are being put at risk."

He said they would be paying special attention to the north-west coast and people should not be surprised if they were stopped by police and asked what they were doing.

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