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Queensland woman charged with breaking quarantine order

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Twice in two days

A woman who twice left a hotel where she was under a quarantine order will front a Brisbane court on Thursday.

The 45-year-old has been charged with failing to comply with a public health direction after she left the hotel on Tuesday and again on Wednesday.

Police say she copped a $1300 fine for her first offence. She was arrested and charged after doing the same thing the very next day.

The woman was not a traveller who'd recently returned from overseas.

It's understood she entered Queensland with the intention of catching a flight out of Australia, but on arrival in the state was required to spend 14 days in self-isolation.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll says the case is one of the worst examples she's seen of people breaching rules meant to limit the spread of coronavirus.

She says about 300 fines have been issued to people who have blatantly ignored social distancing measures, including five young people who held a noisy party in a hotel room on the Sunshine Coast.

Ms Carroll said Queensland might consider using lock-on ankle bracelets to track people if the need arose. Western Australia has already announced a plan to do that.

But she said: "We're finding most of the community is doing the right thing."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-queensland-woman-charged-with-coughing/93b46f26-2a0b-407e-8523-18638e8cc013

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