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Australia Victoria rakes in nearly $9.5m in coronavirus fines

05:53  21 may  2020
05:53  21 may  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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a group of people walking in front of a crowd: Victoria Police Protective Services Officers patrol St Kilda beach in Melbourne. © AAP Image/Scott Barbour Victoria Police Protective Services Officers patrol St Kilda beach in Melbourne. The Victorian Government has raked in close to $9.5 million in fines for breaches of COVID-19 restrictions.

A total of 5719 fines have been issued, filling the state's pockets with a sum of $9,447,788 due to people flouting stay-at-home measures.

More than 50,000 spot checks have been conducted throughout Victoria Police Operation Sentinel, 967 of those undertaken just yesterday.

Officers issued three fines yesterday, alongside 10 warnings.

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"Victoria Police members have contributed to saving lives during this period," she said.

"Police will continue to provide reassurance and hold people blatantly breaching directives to account."

It comes as the state's Police Assistance Line experienced a spike in calls over April.


There was an influx of 102,034 callers last month, compared to 70,983 in March, people not hesitating to dob in wrongdoers who flouted health directives.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton encouraged people to continue ringing the Police Assistance Line to ensure people heeded restrictions.

"It's not about people dobbing people in, it's about people doing the right thing and holding people to account," he said.

"It's about saving lives."

a group of people sitting in the grass: Victorians gathering outside in parks and gardens amid the coronavirus pandemic. © AAP Victorians gathering outside in parks and gardens amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Victoria has recorded four new cases of coronavirus, with three infections removed from the state's tally, bringing the total to 1581.

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Police Minister Lisa Neville said three of the new cases were household contacts linked to the Cedar Meats cluster, with the Brooklyn abattoir's infections reaching a total of 106.

One case of COVID-19 remains under investigation.

There are 88 active cases of COVID-19 in the state. Ten people are in hospital, including five patients in intensive care.

"There are no new aged care cases, there are no additions to any other clusters," Ms Neville said.

Aged care facility Villa Maria Bundoora has completed all its virus testing, with 162 people returning negative tests, while 132 tests at facility HammondCare have also returned negative.

The state has recorded two additional cases of community transmission, taking the total to 168.

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More than 6,000 Victorians fined for coronavirus restriction breaches .
Victoria has issued almost three times more fines to its residents for flouting coronavirus restrictions than any other state.  Almost 6,000 Victorians have been fined for breaking lockdown rules since coronavirus measures were imposed in the state. Deputy Commissioner Shane Patten said it was likely due to the fact Victoria had some of the nation's toughest coronavirus restrictions as well as the most police out in force with 500 officers dedicated to a task force.Queensland has issued about 2,000 fines, followed by New South Wales with 1,290 fines.

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