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Police catch Victorian virus case at Queensland airport

A man with COVID-19 who evaded Victorian authorities has been busted by Queensland Police after he attempted to enter the state. According to The Courier Mail, the man has been identified as prominent outlaw motorcycle gang member Shane Bowden.Police at a press conference said the man “who is known to them” arrived in Brisbane on…

A man with COVID-19 who evaded Victorian authorities has been busted by Queensland Police after he attempted to enter the state.

According to The Courier Mail, the man has been identified as prominent outlaw motorcycle gang member Shane Bowden.

Police at a press conference said the man “who is known to them” arrived in Brisbane on flight JQ560 at 9.19am on Monday, where he was met by police. He has since been taken into hotel quarantine.

“He tested positive in Victoria some time ago and authorities attempted to locate the 48-year-old,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

Contact tracing is underway for the flight, with Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski confirming a criminal investigation into “a number of serious charges” had also begun.

“It appears he has provided untrue information on the border declaration pass,” Mr Gollschewski said.

“The criminal investigation is now underway for serious offences, as well as failing to properly declare when entering Queensland.

“This is going to be completely and thoroughly investigated by Queensland authorities with help from our Victorian counterparts.”

Mr Gollschewski confirmed the 84 other passengers on the flight were in hotel quarantine.

He said it was disappointing that despite the majority of Queenslanders doing the right thing, some continued to try to “beat the system.”

“Since the beginning of our COVID operations, we’ve issued 2200 fines,” he said.

“That’s regrettable… but we know in the big scheme, most people have been cooperative.”

No charges have yet been laid, however Bowden remains in hotel quarantine under police guard.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the apprehension showed “how strong our border measures are.”

“My hat goes off to all the police,” she said.

“Just imagine if that had gotten out into the community.”

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Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Queensland on Tuesday, one is a 37-year-old male nurse at Ipswich Hospital who works in the COVID ward.

Mr Miles said the male had been experiencing abdominal pain, which is not known to be a common symptom of COVID-19.

The second case is an 18-year-old male student at Staines Memorial College, which had been closed over the weekend after another student tested positive to the virus.

All 600 students and staff were sent into isolation last week.

Ms Palaszczuk once again remained firm on the state’s border closures, saying there would not be any change in September.

In terms of easing restrictions on gatherings which were imposed last month, Mr Miles has said they would not be eased “for some time”.

“That’s the kind of the thing we would normally review after one to two incubation periods (of two weeks) of no known infectious person in the community so that’s still a number of weeks away,” he said.

The tough stance came after Ms Palaszczuk acknowledged there had been some problems with the granting of medical exemptions to people from northern NSW to come to Brisbane for urgent care.

She announced a new unit to help doctors and patients transfer across state lines, which will be running by the end of this week.

It comes as a south Brisbane school remained open on Tuesday despite a positive COVID-19 case having visited the school’s after hours care service.

Edens Landing State School opened to students on Tuesday after parents were told an infected person visited the YMCA Outside School Hours Care service operating at the school on August 27.

Queensland Health has deemed the risk to the school as low, according to principal Clint Curren, who issued a letter to parents and the wider school community.

“The Metro South Public Health Unit has assessed the risks to the school community and advised the Department of Education there is negligible risk to members of the school community and it is safe for students and staff to attend the school,” the letter read.

The OSHCare service will remain closed on Tuesday for deep cleaning.

One new case was confirmed in Queensland on Monday, bringing the total number of cases related to the Brisbane Corrective Services Academy cluster to 24.

As a result, Queensland Health expanded its list of venues where confirmed coronavirus cases have visited.

Nine locations across Loganholme, Waterford West, Beenleigh and Eagleby have been added to the list, all of which were visited on either August 26 or 27.

Anyone who has been to the following venues at the specified times should monitor their health for any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, and get tested and isolate if they arise:

  • Madhouse Discount Variety, Waterford Plaza, Waterford West: 1.50pm to 2.15pm on August 26
  • Hyperdome Shopping Centre, Loganholme: 3.15pm to 5.45pm on August 26
  • Best & Less, Hyperdome Shopping Centre, Loganholme: 3.15pm to 4.05pm on August 26
  • Kmart, Hyperdome Shopping Centre, Loganholme: 4.05pm to 4.30pm on August 26
  • The Reject Shop, Hyperdome Shopping Centre, Loganholme: 4.35pm to 4.55pm on August 26
  • Footlocker, Hyperdome Shopping Centre, Loganholme: 5pm to 5.30pm on August 26
  • Platypus Shoes, Hyperdome Shopping Centre, Loganholme: 5pm to 5.30pm on August 26
  • Pizza Hut, Beenleigh: 4.30pm to 4.35pm on August 27
  • TSG Tobacconist, Eagleby: 4.50pm to 5pm on August 27

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