The Victorian security guard who stopped two German coronavirus quarantine flouters running free in Melbourne has been named as Claudio Cominotto.
The Wilson security worker is being hailed a hero after he caught the two travellers at Melbourne’s airport.
They had arrived in Sydney on Saturday from Germany before boarding a domestic flight to Melbourne.
“If it wasn’t for a security officer at that point of time, they could have gone anywhere, and that’s what scares us at the moment – so we’re very lucky to have got them at that stage,” Wilson Security’s Peter Mika said.
The 54-year-old woman and 15-year-old boy had not completed their mandatory 14-day quarantine in NSW as required.
Upon arrival into the Victorian capital, it was the security staff member who caught the pair.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the employee noticed something was awry and raised the alarm.
This led to more than 175 of the travellers’ close contacts being thrust into self-isolation.
The news comes as the coronavirus test results for the two international travellers have been revealed to be negative.
It’s the second time they’ve returned a negative test since entering hotel quarantine.
“All identified close contacts of the two travellers will be able to end their current period of isolation,” a DHHS spokesperson said.
This will include 168 passengers, four crew and two pilots on the Virgin Airways flight VA838 from Sydney to Melbourne.
In addition to this, five staff who spoke with the travellers at Melbourne Airport can also end their quarantine – including the security guard.
“The two international travellers are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 and have had no known contact with a positive coronavirus case,” the spokesperson said.
“They will remain in mandatory quarantine for 14 days and will be tested again on day 11 of their quarantine.”