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COVID-19 positive traveller breaches Hobart quarantine

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Public Health have slammed the actions of a 31-year-old traveller after he broke out of hotel quarantine.

The NSW man flew in via Melbourne on Monday evening, without an approved G2G pass.

He was then placed in quarantine at the Travelodge Hotel in Hobart that evening.

Hotel security carried out a welfare check on Tuesday afternoon, finding the traveller had left his room.

Tasmania Police were called and the hotel was searched, officers eventually finding the man at a residence in Hobart's northern suburbs at 4.45pm that day.

He has since been taken back to the hotel room with increased security.

Earlier today, the man's COVID-19 tests returned positive results.

Contact tracing is now underway for all passengers on the man's flight, quarantine bus, and any potential exposure sites in the city's north.

Premier Peter Gutwein has lambasted the man's actions.

"It disappoints me greatly, that when the vast majority of Tasmanians do the right thing day in and day out; people will blatantly ignore the rules and put others at risk" Mr Gutwein said.

The man will have to pay two fines totalling a little over $3000 for breaching quarantine and attempting to enter the state without the necessary approvals.

There's no word about harsher restrictions just yet, authorities searching for evidence of community transmission or a significant risk of COVID escaping into the community.

Investigations are underway as we speak.

The first exposure sites have been revealed:

  • Jetstar flight JQ715 from Melbourne to Hobart on October 11, 2021
  • Hobart Airport arrivals area male bathroom on October 11, 2021 between 9:10pm and 9:15pm
  • Hobart Airport male bathroom on October 11, 2021 between 9:25pm and 9:30pm

Health authorities have stressed the importance of hotel quarantine, with over 13,400 people passing through the system and around three breaches to date.

Premier Peter Gutwein has reminded Tasmanians that breaches like these are why vaccinations are so crucial. 

"Don't wait, vaccinate."

80.8 per cent of eligible Tasmanians over the age of 16 have rolled up their sleeves for the first dose, 65.4 per cent fully vaccinated against COVID-19.