| 27.07,20. 07:05 PM |
Sydney traveller busts through Gold Coast border, sparks police emergency
A plane passenger from Sydney sparked an emergency at Gold Coast
Airport after busting through a coronavirus border checkpoint, with police launching a rapid search operation to locate the person.
The man allegedly slipped through the checkpoint and made a dash towards Kirra Beach, but was unable to outrun police dogs.
It was later revealed a warrant had been issued for the arrest of the 24-year-old man to return him to prison.
It comes as swarms of police have been occupied vetting thousands of travellers from more than 100 Sydney coronavirus hotspot suburbs, including the newly-banned suburb of Fairfield.
Latest border figures show that more than one million travellers have applied for passes to enter Queensland since July 10, leaving Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on high alert.
"We will not hesitate if it gets out of control to slam the border shut," she said today.
Amid growing outbreak numbers in Sydney, Queensland's health authorities are not just concerned COVID-19 could be transmitted across the state border, but also that complacency among Queenslanders could risk a rapid spike in new cases.
The Queensland government has tonight launched a new public health campaign broadcast on televisions across the state that warns the pandemic is not yet over.