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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report: About 120 defence force personnel have arrived at the Queensland-New South Wales border to support Qld police in their crackdown on “border hoppers” #AceHealthDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.26: Police Commissioner Catarina Carroll thanked the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for their assistance: We have an amazing working relationship, and they are already assisting us with quarantine hotels,” she said: The Department of Defence said the 120 personnel would support police law enforcement tasks at up to 12 locations including Gold Coast Highway, Coolangatta, Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi….

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that military personnel sent bolster Queensland-NSW #COVID19 border patrols amid crackdown on ‘border hoppers’ and the influx of troops comes after a busy weekend of protests and several instances of people attempting to hop over roadblocks at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast.

Warning of ‘hefty fines’

Commissioner Carroll described instances of “border hopping” as “terribly disappointing”.

“It’s always that small portion of the community that sometimes makes this incredibly difficult,” she said.

Qld police commissioner Katarina Carroll speaks into microphones.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll warned “hefty” fines apply to “border hoppers”.(ABC News: Michael Lloyd)

“But action will be taken on those that are constantly hopping across the border and I ask that the community, as they are, to continually report on that as well.

“There [are] hefty fines for this.”

She said more police officers may also be sent to the border to help prevent illegal border crossings.

Commissioner Carroll reminded motorists only people with exemptions and essential workers that are vaccinated can cross the border.

Illegally entering Queensland could result in fines of up to $4,135, a court-imposed penalty of $13,785 or six months in prison.

Queensland police could not provide figures on how many people had been fined for border hopping since the “no jab, no entry” policy came into effect last Friday.

This latest deployment extends the ADF’s partnership with Queensland police.

Soldiers have been assisting in monitoring hotel quarantine throughout the pandemic.

Police officers watch as people put bags in a car outside hotel.
Authorities say quarantine hotels are at capacity as people flee lockdowns in Victoria and New South Wales. (ABC News: Jessica Stewart)

On Tuesday, Queensland announced two new locally acquired cases of the virus in two truck drivers.

But today Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said further testing showed the pair did not have the virus and were not longer being investigated.

The state today recorded a “doughnut day” with zero new local cases and zero cases in hotel quarantine.

Ms Palaszczuk announced arrivals from interstate hotspots into Queensland was paused for two weeks from midday today.

Authorities said the state’s quarantine hotels were at capacity as many had fled lockdowns in New South Wales and Victoria and relocated to Queensland.

On Monday, the Premier warned it was “only a matter of days” before the southern state’s escalating outbreak crossed into Queensland.

COVID-19 cases in New South Wales are now less than 20 kilometres from the Queensland border but are confined to just one family who are isolating, according to authorities.

It is the closest the outbreak has come to Queensland’s border since the initial infections began in Sydney nearly two months ago.

Queensland Health yesterday said Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young hoped the border restrictions would be in place for “no longer than 10 weeks”.

“This is based on the timeframe in which we hope to have 70 per cent of Queenslanders fully vaccinated against COVID-19,” a spokesperson said.

#AceHealthDesk report …..Published: Aug.26: 2021:

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