Tasmania has reported one new coronavirus case in a traveller arriving from NSW via Melbourne.
Authorities say the man was placed in Hobart’s hotel quarantine system after arrival and, after a welfare check early Tuesday afternoon, was found not to be in his room. He was found at an address in Hobart’s northern suburbs around 4.45pm yesterday, according to Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein.
The man returned a positive coronavirus test overnight.
Mr Gutwein says the 31-year-old will receive two fines totally just over $3000. One fine is for breaching quarantine rules and another is for arriving in the state without the necessary approvals.
“It disappoints me greatly that when the vast majority of Tasmanians do the right thing day in, day out, people will blatantly ignore the rules and put others at risk,” he said at a press conference earlier today.
“I’d make the point we’ve had some 13,400 people now through our hotel quarantine system. And there have been around three breaches.”
Meanwhile, from 12.01am tomorrow, Tasmania will classify all of Victoria “high-risk level one” (the same risk level as NSW).
This means anyone arriving in Tasmania from Victoria – including returning Tasmanians – isn’t permitted to enter the state unless they are an approved essential traveller. If approved, they must quarantine at their own cost after providing evidence of a negative coronavirus test 72 hours before arrival.
In addition, Tasmania will not be permitting travel from the following nine Victorian local government areas whatsoever: Hume, Whittlesea, Melton, Brimbank, Moreland, Wyndham, Greater Dandenong, Casey and Maribyrnong.