Covid-infected couple fined $8000 for alleged road trip breach

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A Victorian couple who allegedly provided false information on their border declaration forms in Queensland have each been fined $4003.

The couple, aged in their 40s, left their Melbourne home during a lockdown and travelled through regional NSW to Queensland.

They sparked public health alerts in both states after they tested positive following their June 5 arrival.

Police had to wait to interview the pair, who were only released from a Sunshine Coast hospital on Friday.

Police officer speaks to a motorist who is entering Queensland from New South Wales through a border checkpoint on the Gold Coast on December 21, 2020.
A police officer speaks to a motorist who is entering Queensland from New South Wales through the border checkpoint on the Gold Coast in December. Source: Getty Images

Queensland declares parts of Sydney a hotspot

The fines come as Queensland declared Sydney's Local Government Area of Waverley Council a hotspot over concerns about a highly contagious variant of coronavirus in the community.

NSW reported four cases of Covid-19 this week including a limousine driver aged in his 60s who is believed to have the Delta variant.

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath told reporters on Friday, Queensland cannot risk importing the strain.

"We believe we need to act quickly to ensure we don't have any of that transmission coming up to Queensland," she said.

A commuter wearing a face mask travels on the light rail at Central Station in Sydney, Australia.
Commuters in NSW will be asked to wear face masks on public transport from 4pm Friday. Source: Getty Images

From 1am on Saturday, returning Queenslanders and anyone who's been in the Waverley Council area in Sydney's east in the past fortnight will have to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young warned the Waverley hotspot could be widened further if Sydney's cluster continues to grow.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NSW would return to mandatory mask-wearing on some indoor settings.

Masks will be made mandatory in trains, buses and ferries from 4pm on Friday for five days. Residents are also being urged to wear them in all indoor venues including supermarkets and theatres.

For more news from Queensland go to our Queensland news page.

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