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Australia Victorian mother fined by Tasmania Police for leaving Hobart hotel quarantine in a taxi

09:42  16 february  2021
09:42  16 february  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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A Victorian mother has been fined 4 for breaching hotel quarantine in Tasmania . Tasmania Police said the woman had travelled to Hobart from Victoria with her young child yesterday before leaving the Ibis Hotel at 6:20pm in a taxi . The woman will also be subjected to additional testing and more frequent COVID-19 screening for symptoms. In a statement, Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Higgins said the increased precautions were to "ensure the earliest possible identification of any disease".

Victoria Police will perform the security duties with support from the ADF in a major reset of the state's hotel quarantine program. International flights start landing at Melbourne Airport today after a five-month break due to the second wave of the pandemic. Victoria 's hotel quarantine system is resuming today, as the state welcomes its first international flights in more than five months. Melbourne has not accepted international flights since the end of June, when coronavirus spread from quarantine hotels to people working in them, which went on to spark the state's deadly second wave.

a large building: Tasmania Police said the woman left hotel quarantine at the Ibis Hotel in Hobart in a taxi last night. (ABC News: David Hudspeth) © Provided by ABC Health Tasmania Police said the woman left hotel quarantine at the Ibis Hotel in Hobart in a taxi last night. (ABC News: David Hudspeth)

A Victorian mother has been fined $774 for breaching hotel quarantine in Tasmania.

Tasmania Police said the woman had travelled to Hobart from Victoria with her young child yesterday before leaving the Ibis Hotel at 6:20pm in a taxi.

The pair were returned to the quarantine hotel in Hobart's CBD by police at 7:40pm.

Contact tracers from Tasmania's Public Health Service are now working to identify any other movements or contacts during the time they were out of quarantine.

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NSW police say the woman arrived from Victoria two days ago, and was placed in a Bondi Junction serviced apartment for the mandatory 14-day isolation period. The WA Premier has condemned people in hotel quarantine in Perth who've reportedly been abusing staff and kicking doors. Mark McGowan says the majority of people undergoing two weeks of mandatory isolation in Perth hotels have been cooperative. But he says if people can't accept the requirement to isolate, they shouldn't come to WA.

Victoria Police recommended private security be used for Victoria 's hotel quarantine program as the "first line of security'', the inquiry into the botched scheme has heard. Key points The inquiry also heard quarantining travellers were allowed to temporarily leave for funerals and health issues. But a senior health official says they were not closely supervised while they were gone. According to evidence from Victoria Police northwest metro region Commander Tim Tully, the chief commissioner at the time, Graham Ashton, recommended "that private security is to be the first line of security" in the hotels .

The woman will also be subjected to additional testing and more frequent COVID-19 screening for symptoms.

In a statement, Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Higgins said the increased precautions were to "ensure the earliest possible identification of any disease".

"Appropriate contact tracing and quarantining of any further contacts will be immediately implemented if required," he said.

Tasmania's hotel quarantine is monitored by private security firms, and is supported by regular checks by Tasmania Police.

Travellers from Victoria were restricted from entering Tasmania last Friday, after Tasmanian health authorities classified Victoria has a high-risk location due to a cluster of coronavirus cases.

Tasmania Police have issued a total of five infringements for hotel quarantine breaches since the pandemic began.

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A woman and two children in hotel quarantine in Hobart have tested positive to coronavirus. Key points Tasmania 's Chief Medical Officer Tony Lawler said the family would be managed in a separate ward at the hospital. Once the woman's symptoms were under control they would be moved to the Fountainside medi- hotel . "Our processes are safe, our processes are robust and we are containing the risks within the quarantine hotels and within our health system," Professor Lawler said.

The inquiry set up to examine hotel quarantine errors that could have led to "every case" of coronavirus in Victoria 's second wave has identified a number of issues relevant to its investigation. Mr Neal said anticipated witnesses included medical experts, relevant decision makers and government officials, hotel operators, private service providers, employees in the system, and people who stayed in quarantine . Ms Coate said the inquiry had a "keen understanding of the importance of this inquiry" to Victorians .

It is the latest COVID-related infringement issued by Tasmania Police this month.

Last Wednesday a Victorian man was fined $774 for failing to wear a mask at the Burnie Airport, while two travellers were fined a total of $2,300 for not wearing masks at Hobart Airport.

Tasmania's public health director in mid-January declared masks would need to be worn in all Tasmanian airport terminals, including in car parks.

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