A Victorian couple that fled Melbourne’s lockdown and drove to Queensland while infectious with COVID-19 has been fined more than $4000 each.
The pair left Melbourne on June 1, before spending several days in regional New South Wales, visiting Gillenbah, Forbes, Dubbo and Moree.
They crossed into Queensland via Goondiwindi on June 5 before heading to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast via Toowoomba.
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A 44-year-old woman tested positive on June 9 and was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
Her 48-year-old partner tested positive the following day.
Their diagnosis sparked a major COVID alert across parts of regional Queensland and New South Wales, however, there have been no cases of community transmission recorded.
Queensland Police finally interviewed the couple this morning following their release from hospital, issuing them with $4003 fines for failing to comply with the COVID-19 Border Direction.