Daniel Andrews says “foolish” Victorians who tested COVID-19 positively and were not at home on Thursday when doorknocked by the ADF could be subject to increased penalties if Victoria Police so request.
There were more than 130 tainted victorians who, visited yesterday, were not home.
For all positive instances, this is approximately one in four.
They were reported to Victoria Police, and could obtain a fine of $1602.
The Premier said the reports were “disturbing,” and that, while waiting for test results , people should not be “going about their business” as usual.
If people with Covid-19 don’t have the sense to remain in iso at home,they should be compulsorily placed in quarantine at their own expense or fined for leaving home. Had Andrews deployed resources to this vital task earlier, Vic wouldn’t be in the midst of tragedy & catastrophe https://t.co/i2v5gCuN4E
— Tim Smith MP (@TimSmithMP) July 31, 2020
He said current penalties are appropriate, but he will not rule out increasing them.
“On the spot fines are $1602,” he said. “That’s a significant impost for anybody. We think those penalties are appropriate. If Victoria Police came to me and said we need further tools, I wouldn’t hesitate.
“The fact is now, those 100 people have been referred to police. They perhaps thought they would be able to ignore their positive case … they were very foolish to do that.”
“You cannot go to work if you are sick,” he said. “You simply can’t. All you will be doing is spreading the virus and putting people at risk. And it’s not a matter of judgment, it’s not a matter of criticism.
“I’m not criticising people. It’s the wrong choice to make, but I understand it, I understand why people would make that judgment.
“We are not judging them, just asking them, there is support for you and please don’t go to work if you have symptoms. That is our request of you and I cannot be any clearer. If it
continues than these numbers will continue to go up.”
Mr Andrews revealed ADF members has doorknocked 798 properties including 269 on Wednesday.
“Now, I don’t want this to be seen as criticism or blame, but I’m obliged to point out that there were a number of people who were not home,” the Premier said.
“They will be referred to Victoria Police. There were also a number of other people who, when there was a discussion, the person that the ADF and the Health Department, as a joint team, were looking for, the person who has a confirmed diagnosis having coronavirus, they’ve got a positive test, they weren’t home, but a family member was.
“And the family member helpfully pointed out that that person, a positive coronavirus case, was, in fact, at work.”