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Residents face being cut from Mullum’s water 

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As Queensland closed its borders tighter over the weekend, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) says they are providing ongoing support to Queensland Health as part of a co-ordinated whole of government response to the COVID-19 situation.

Under the provisions of the Public Health Act, police officers can take enforcement action against anyone who is failing to comply with public health directions set out by the Chief Health Officer.

The QPS say that an integral part of the response is to ensure compliance with directions particularly around self-isolation, state borders, non-essential business activity, home confinement, movement and gathering.

Officers can issue on the spot fines of $1,334 for individuals and $6,672 for corporations which fail to abide by the health directions.

QPS COVID-19 response statistics

The following preliminary statistics are current as at: 12:01am Saturday, April 11.  

Breach of public health directions infringement notices 462
Compliance checks conducted on individuals in quarantine 3,635
Compliance checks conducted on non-essential businesses 5,602
Border restrictions
Phase 1 – initial border restrictions

Phase 2 – stronger border restrictions

Phase 1

Cumulative Total

27/03/20-03/04/20

Phase 2

Cumulative Total
from 03/04/20

Total
Vehicles intercepted at state borders 32,841 38,995 72,823
Vehicles turned around at state borders 185 857 1,081
People directed to quarantine at state road borders 2,212 559 2,873
Domestic airport passengers arriving into Queensland 9,524 4,698 14,389
Domestic airport passengers directed to quarantine 2,068 731 2,843
People refused entry to Queensland at domestic airports N/A 41 41

 


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The lab-leak theory that Covid-19 came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology – instead of a nearby wet market – was thrashed about in public recently, with the US Senate Homeland Security Committee holding a hearing into Covid-19. 

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Fresh air federal funds for Northern Rivers schools in need

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COVID-19 update for New South Wales

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NSW Police: be COVID-vigilant at Splendour in the Grass

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COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, Sunday May 22, there were 40 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

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