Man ‘ESCAPES hotel quarantine in Queensland and goes on the run’

Man ‘ESCAPES hotel quarantine in Queensland and goes on the run’ after returning from a New South Wales coronavirus hot spot

  • A man ‘is on the run’ after escaping 14 day hotel quarantine in Toowoomba, QLD
  • Police said he was had recently returned from a hotspot in New South Wales 
  • Police will allege the 25-year-old left the hotel on his ninth day of quarantine
  • A police search is underway and he faces ‘serious consequences’ once located

A man is on the run after allegedly escaping from hotel quarantine in Queensland.

The man fled from a Toowoomba hotel, west of Brisbane, after being ordered to serve 14 days of mandatory quarantine after returning to the state from a New South Wales hot spot.

‘I can advise police are currently searching for a man who breached mandatory hotel quarantine in Toowoomba,’ Police Minister Mark Ryan told parliament on Wednesday.

‘The man returned from a NSW hotspot and was directed to hotel quarantine for 14 days.

‘Police will alleged he has left on his ninth day of quarantine.’

Mr Ryan said the 25-year-old had returned a negative COVID-19 test result and was not considered to be a high risk to the community. 

He said police hunt was underway and the man will face serious consequences once located.

‘Police will be very proactive in ensuring that they search for this man and apprehend him,’ Mr Ryan told reporters.

‘It is a very serious matter, to breach quarantine, and there will be serious consequences to this man as well.’

More to come.