Woman escapes hotel quarantine pacific hotel cairns, climb out of the balcony
A Sydney woman'scaled balconies' to escape the quarantine at a Cairns hotel in Queensland.
A Sydney visitor who arrived in Queensland earlier this month was apprehended after evading quarantine at a Cairns hotel.
Queensland Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the 32-year-old woman arrived in Cairns Pacific International from Sydney on July 1 and was placed in hotel quarantine.
However, she went missing on Monday.
“It appears as though this individual scaled two balconies, descended an exterior staircase, and damaged a door in order to flee,” Gollschewski told reporters.
“Police conducted inquiries following the discovery, and that individual was located last night in Cairns.”
Later that day, she appeared in court, entered a plea of guilty, and was fined $2500 for the incident.
Additionally, a conviction was recorded.
According to Gollschewski, the woman previously tested negative for COVID-19, and authorities are awaiting the results of a second test.
This is not the first time
A similar breach occurred at the same Cairns hotel less than three weeks ago.
On June 18, a Victorian man fell from his hotel balcony, allegedly in an attempt to evade COVID quarantine.
He attempted to exit the hotel by "scaling the building's exterior," police said in a statement to 7NEWS.
“A gentleman attempted to scale the balcony they were on and fell,” Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said at the time.
He sustained minor leg injuries as a result of the fall.
He was transported to a hospital in Cairns in a stable condition.
He was wheeled into an ambulance by 7NEWS clutching cowboy-style boots.
A new instance
On Monday, Queensland reported only one new locally acquired COVID-19 case – a close contact of an Alpha variant case in the Portuguese club cluster, following a statewide total of over 22,218 tests.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stated that if people continue to wear face masks, engage in social isolation, get tested, and check-in using QR codes, outbreaks will be contained.