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Five more Victorians found fleeing lockdown in Queensland after couple COVID-positive

Five people have been found in Queensland having fled the recent Victorian lockdown, on top of a COVID-infected Melbourne couple who have sparked fury in the Sunshine State.

The five people have each been fined $4003 for breaching the state’s border ban to Victoria.

They include two women found in the Darling Downs on June 4 after crossing the border at Goondiwindi.

A man was also fined for having an untrue declaration on his border pass after crossing at Coolangatta, while two other people were found in the Wide Bay region with crossing at “no border pass at all”, Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said.

“It’s really incumbent on people to make sure they do what’s required of them when they come into this state,” he said.

‘Serious consequences’

“There are serious consequences for this.

“There’s been a serious consequences in that we’ve had people with COVID in our community, and that is really, really unacceptable.”

They have been placed into quarantine.

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski. Credit: DARREN ENGLAND/AAPIMAGE

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said people coming into the state from COVID hotspots won’t get away with it.

“We will be making sure that you are found,” she said.

“This is an offence. You cannot come into this state if you are from a hotspot and put our state at risk.

“We will make sure you will face the consequences if you do that.

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