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Travellers ‘not home’ during self-isolation police spot checks

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Victoria Police has revealed seven people were not home during the random COVID-19 self-isolation spot checks conducted by officers today.

Victoria Police has revealed seven people were not home during the random COVID-19 self-isolation spot checks conducted by officers today.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton confirmed police undertook 88 visits to residences of returned overseas travellers in the state, where 70 people were found to be following quarantine obligations.

Comm. Ashton said police were working to locate the individuals missing from their homes.

"We're doing follow-ups as to where those people are," he said.

"We had a couple of people who provided the wrong details to Border Force as to where they were supposed to be going when they returned from overseas, so we're obviously following those up as well.

"We're getting certainly a lot more people now doing the right thing, staying at home and self-isolating as they're supposed to do."

More than 500 police officers are being deployed in the state per day to enforce the closure of non-essential services and the mandatory 14-day self-isolation for travellers.

Officers were also using FaceTime to undertake quarantine checks.

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No one has yet been fined for breaching self-isolation quarantine obligations.

Although police have warned failing to abide by the state's new quarantine measures could result in a $25,000 fine for individuals, or a $100,000 fine for businesses.

"We haven't fined anyone yet because people we have found that haven't been complying haven't understood it, haven't got it, deeply apologetic and they're doing the right thing now," Comm. Ashton said.

"If we get someone who is absolutely flouting it, we'll process the paperwork."

Two police officers have tested positive to coronavirus in Melbourne's eastern and southern suburbs.

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Comm. Ashton said 400 police members were either taking carers' leave or isolating at home as a result of potential contact with people diagnosed with COVID-19.

"They are obviously receiving the treatment and staying in isolation themselves and we're trying to make sure we look after their welfare as well."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-police-self-isolation-spot-checks-find-seven-people-in-potential-breach/746417e2-a13a-4888-aba8-f603061e5e9e

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