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Border checkpoints at train stations will come under scrutiny after two teenagers allegedly arrived from a COVID-19 hot spot without quarantining.
The two girls, aged 15 and 16, were arrested by police at Noosa Civic Centre on Monday afternoon after a 24 hour search. It’s alleged the girls arrived into Brisbane Transit Centre on Friday without adult supervision before travelling to the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast Superintendent Craig Hawkins alleged the two girls, one from the Sunshine Coast and the other from New South Wales, had not been honest with police about their whereabouts but immediately dulled fears they were contagious.
They are alleged to have arrived in Queensland hours before the borders slammed shut to New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT.
Two teenage girls arrested at Noosa Civic Shopping Centre over possible COVID-19 breaches. Picture: Nine NewsSource:Supplied
“I stress that there is no information to suggest they are carriers of the disease; however, in the interests of safety and certainly because they have come from a hot spot we were keen to ensure they have undertaken the right testing to ensure that Queensland doesn’t find itself in a situation where it might be contaminated,” he said.
The girls were taken to be tested immediately.
Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said he would speak with the commissioner about train station checkpoints.
“We are constantly looking at how we are posturing across the state, whether it’s seaports or road ports, through transit corridors, so the Queensland police are certainly looking at what they’re doing,” Mr Ryan said.
The girls would be placed in quarantine after their parents were made aware of the situation, but Supt Hawkins could not confirm whether they would be charged given complexities relating to their ages.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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