24/09/2020

Coronavirus Australia: Queensland doctor under police guard after COVID-19 border lie

A Queensland doctor has been fined and detained after he allegedly lied on his border pass and skipped out of quarantine after returning from a coronavirus hotspot in Melbourne.Police said the Rockhampton doctor, 38, provided misleading information on his border declaration pass when he returned to the state on July 12.
Police fined the doctor $4003 and he is now being held under police guard at a quarantine facility.
He reportedly believed he was exempt from quarantining in a hotel for 14 days upon his return to Queensland because of his profession.
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He returned from Melbourne after reportedly travelling for personal reasons.
“Police allege the man travelled from the hotspot of Victoria into Queensland on July 12 and provided untrue information on a Queensland Border Declaration,” Queensland Police said in a statement.
It is unclear if he treated patients upon his return but he is understood to not have the virus.
“This isn’t good enough from anyone, let alone a health professional,” Health Minister Steve Miles said on Thursday.
“(This is) someone who should know the risks, someone who should know better.”