New COVID scare after three men caught lying on border form

Police have charged three men for lying on their border declaration pass, with one of them now showing signs of coronavirus.

The men from the Logan area arrived back in Queensland on Sunday through a road checkpoint at Coolangatta.

One of them attended a fever clinic on Monday after developing COVID-19 symptoms, before confessing he had been in Melbourne.


All three men have now been tested and placed in quarantine while officials await their results.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says the group had a ‘G pass’, declaring they had not been in a hotspot.

“In fact, they had been in Melbourne and coming out of Victoria, so they’ve managed to come all that way through the Victoria-New South Wales border and then across our border into Queensland,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski says their behaviour is unacceptable.

“It’s really, really disappointing that, given where Victoria is at the moment, and we all know what’s happening there, that people in our community are still telling lies and deliberately trying to mislead the system so they can get back into our state.

“The fact that they have been in Victoria is something of grave concern to all of our community.”

The men have now been issued with Notices to Appear in court over the breach.

Police are now working with authorities in both Victoria and New South Wales to determine how they were able to cross the border into New South Wales and onto Queensland.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says they expect the men’s tests results this afternoon.

“I need to know if they’re positive or not, that’s the very first thing, but already we’ve got people aware in Logan that this is a high-risk situation because of the other three who went down to Melbourne,” Dr Young said.

“People just need to if they’re unwell, to immediately come forward and get tested. So we’ve already put all the restrictions on the aged care facility, there isn’t any more we need to do, just that people need to make sure, if they’re unwell, to get tested.”

Another person has been charged after being caught lying on their border declaration form at a checkpoint in Goondiwindi.

Police intercepted 5592 vehicles at road checkpoints on Monday, refusing entry to 70 people and sending another 23 into hotel quarantine.

Queensland recorded no new cases of coroanvirus on Tuesday.

The state’s total remains at 1085 with 12 of those cases still active.