Radical plan to track people who breach coronavirus quarantine

South Australians who breach self-isolation or quarantine orders during the coronavirus pandemic could soon be forced to wear an electronic tracking device under a plan from the opposition.

Labor will this week introduce urgent legislation that will allow police to issue the device, with those who continue to flout the law facing a $1000 fine.

Anyone who tampers with the device faces a fine of up to $12,000 or up to 12 months in prison.

Western Australia has introduced similar laws.

South Australians who breach self-isolation or quarantine orders could be forced to wear an electronic tracking device. Pictured are police with a traveller at Adelaide Airport. Source: AAP Image/David Mariuz

"It is vitally important that people comply with self-isolation or quarantine orders if they have returned from interstate or overseas, or been in close contact with a confirmed case," Shadow Attorney-General Kyam Maher said on Sunday.

"Most people are doing the right thing, but for those who do not, forcing them to wear an electronic device is a sensible measure to help stop the spread."

Opposition police spokesman Lee Odenwalder said breaching self-isolation and quarantine orders could be deadly.

"We need to give police all the power they need to ensure people comply with the law," he said.

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