The police crackdown on home quarantine has led to the imprisonment of a Queensland woman after she refused to comply with the order.
A Queensland woman has been placed in a prison cell after she refused to comply with home quarantine requirements.
The woman from Highvale, in northwest Brisbane, was one of hundreds forced into home isolation on Tuesday after a sprawling list of multiple Covid-19 exposure sites and clusters in the southeast of the state.
But Assistant Commissioner Steve Golchowski claimed she had refused “multiple times” to follow health orders.
“(She was then directed to go to hotel quarantine, refused to go and was arrested and taken to Sandgate’s home for observation where she was released on bail and placed in hotel quarantine in the city,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
The top constable said the tough response should serve as a reminder “that we will constantly check compliance of people in home quarantine.”
“There are consequences to this kind of behaviour, so please comply,” said Mr Gollschewski.
The Queensland Police Service diverted about 123 vehicles at the border and were denied entry, while a person was slapped with a spot fine in Goondiwindi for attempting to breach the border.
Prime Minister Anastasia Balaschuk said three cases were detected in quarantine overnight – two in hotels and one in a hospital, but health authorities were not concerned.
Brisbane airport has been listed as one of three new sites for overnight exposure, while reports have also spread that several hospitals in the north of the state are nearing capacity, even as Covid numbers decline.