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Police swamped by human tide as thousands arrive in Qld every day


Travellers continue to arrive in Queensland in “extraordinary” numbers despite the state’s tough coronavirus border controls, police say.

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Officers checked 65 flights with more than 2600 passengers at Queensland airports on Thursday, with five people refused entry and 142 quarantined.

On the roads, police stopped 4575 vehicles at the border, turning around 253 and ordering 54 people to isolate.

“There’s an extraordinary amount of people still coming into Queensland,” Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll told reporters.

“We’re getting people literally moving to the state.”

Ms Carroll said there were also about 2900 in mandatory hotel quarantine.

“The number is just incredible,” she said.

“These are challenging times.”

Queensland has recorded two new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of active cases in the state to eight.

One new case is a returned traveller from Sydney who is in hotel quarantine, while the other is a person on a cargo ship off the coast, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

The new cases come as police admitted “systems failed” when Aaron Sydney Green, 25, slipped past officers to escape mandatory hotel quarantine in Toowoomba.

He surrendered himself on Wednesday, two days after walking out of the hotel. He had been nine days into his two-week isolation period.

Officers stationed at the hotel didn’t realise Green had fled until Tuesday.

“My concerns lie in the fact we have had this issue where someone wasn’t found missing until the day later,” Ms Carroll said.

“If we had a very robust system … with good governance, this would not have occurred.”

Queensland’s borders are currently closed to people from NSW and Victoria.



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