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Police hunt man who escaped quarantine, but no infection risk

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Police are searching for a man who allegedly breached mandatory hotel quarantine in Toowoomba.

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Police Minister Mark Ryan told Parliament the 25-year-old returned from a New South Wales coronavirus hotspot and had been directed to stay in hotel quarantine for 14 days.

“Police will allege the man has left on his ninth day in quarantine,” Ryan said.

“[He] has, however, received a negative COVID test, and is not considered to be a high risk to the community.

“Can I reassure the house and all Queenslanders that the police will be very proactive in searching for this man, and apprehend[ing] him.

“It is a very serious matter to breach quarantine, and there will be serious consequences for this man.”

Queensland recorded no new cases of coronavirus overnight, with a record number of tests — nearly 10,000 — carried out in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Sydney Swans and Fremantle Dockers will be based in Cairns for a three-week period, between rounds 15 and 18.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the relocation of teams would be a financial boost for the town.

“They will provide a much-needed boost for tourism in a town suffering from the economic downturn caused by the pandemic,” Palaszczuk said.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said it was expected several games from rounds 15, 16 and 17 would be played at Cazaly Stadium.

Jones said the deal had been arrived at after weeks of negotiations.

“This is a first for Cairns,” Jones said.

“This will see hotel rooms across the city bustling with some of Australia’s very best footy players.

“We’ve never seen so many AFL premiership games in the Far North in one season.”

-AAP

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