Truckie super-spreader who sparked Covid outbreaks fined

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·1-min read

The Melbourne truck driver who caused two separate coronavirus outbreaks in regional Victoria earlier this month has been fined by police.

The male truckie sparked testing blitzes in Kilmore and Shepparton after visiting the areas while infectious and spreading the virus.

He had illegally dined in Oddfellows Cafe in Kilmore on September 30, infecting a staff member in the process.

The transmission led to a cluster of six cases in the town.

The truck driver illegally dined at Oddfellows Cafe. Source: Getty
The truck driver illegally dined at Oddfellows Cafe. Source: Getty

He was only allowed to purchases takeaway as part of the conditions of his permit to enter regional Victoria.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton told 3AW on Thursday the man was fined $1652 on October 17 for breaching Covid restrictions.

"He was interviewed, he was remorseful I'm told," Mr Patton said.

He added the fine was the “most appropriate” penalty for the truckie.

The man initially lied to contact tracers, failing to declare he had visited the Shepparton area until two weeks later when three cases arose in the northern town.

There has been no cases detected in the area since.

The truck driver was part of the Chadstone cluster after a family member worked at the virus-hit The Butcher Club.

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