A stunning number of Australians in self-isolation of the coronavirus were not at home during police checks
Twelve people believed to be in self-isolation after landing in Australia were not at home during police checks.
Victoria police stepped up quarantine site checks on Thursday to ensure that people do not ignore the isolation rules of the corona virus.
The patrols and Facetime controls come as officers prepare to increase their presence in public places, including the use of drones to monitor beachgoers for the warm weekend weather.
Police Chief Graham Ashton AM signaled the potential to enlist the military in support of enforcement activities if the laws in Victoria are further tightened.
Police have conducted 88 random checks in Victoria since Saturday, March 31, with approximately 380 police officers knocking on doors in the state within 24 hours.
They also used FaceTime to check people’s self-isolation in a new measure to prevent agents from coming into contact with potentially positive things.
Of the 88 checks carried out, 12 people were not at home and several had given the border guards the wrong address upon arrival in Australia.
But Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton AM said the Victorian Prime Minister’s harsh guidelines seem to be spreading to the general public.
“People seem to be much better off. They seem to follow the prime minister’s strong words on this, “he said.
Law enforcement officers conducted 90 random checks in Victoria on Thursday, with approximately 380 police officers knocking on doors in the state within 24 hours
But Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton AM said it seems the Victorian Prime Minister’s harsh guidelines are permeating the general public
Victoria Police Officers will continue to monitor the behavior of the general public to ensure that community members do not ignore advice to stay at home.
Commissioner Ashton said they will be in place over the weekend to ensure residents stay home despite the forecast of warm weather.
“We patrol beaches. We will also do aerial patrols around beaches, both with our air wing, but we will also try to use some drone technology on beaches to try to ensure that we follow the group activity there, ”he said.
“We don’t want to see what happened in New South Wales last weekend. We don’t want large groups of people sitting boldly on the beach on their mats on their beach and blowing up their bloated things. That is ridiculous. Going to the beach is a fun activity on a hot day. We are not in that situation now, we are in a state of emergency. ‘
Victoria Police will be conducting strict patrols on beaches this weekend to prevent community members from flocking like Bondi Beach in Sydney (photo)
Mr Ashton also indicated that they are ready to deploy additional troops if tensions in Victoria escalate further.
“We have access to additional personnel through emergency management Victoria. If we had to, we could talk to the Australian Defense Force. We haven’t had to do that yet, but that would be an endgame if we had to. So we just keep growing, we’ll keep growing when we need to, “he said.
Individuals receive fines of up to $ 25,000 and companies receive fines of $ 100,000 for violating isolation restrictions.
Victoria Police staged patrols on Thursday for quarantined people to make sure people don’t ignore laws based primarily on an honor system
The public had called the police to report large gatherings and people who do not isolate themselves when they should.
‘[We’ve also received calls] about companies that they think are open when they shouldn’t be that good, ”he said.
“We had a few phone calls about people’s meetings that people are concerned about, so we were looking for an answer to all those calls.
“Life will depend on everyone who does the right thing and especially now is an important time when we live in such a world where the individual comes first, the community must come first. ‘
Mr Ashton said that the police have not yet imposed fines for people who did not follow the rules did not understand the rules.
Individuals receive fines of up to $ 25,000 and companies receive fines of $ 100,000 for violating isolation restrictions
A sign at Sydney International Airport instructing people to stay 1.5 meters apart. All people who have landed have to isolate at home for 14 days
“They apologized deeply and are now doing the right thing. We applied the common sense principle to that, ” he said.
He said that if the police catch people who intentionally and knowingly break the rules, they will be fined.
“We will follow that path if we find that someone is absolutely ignoring it,” he said.
Meanwhile, 400 police officers are in self-isolation and two have tested positive for COVID-19 in Victoria.
The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Australia is growing, with a confirmed 2,810 as of Friday morning