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Woman cops a $1,000 fine after ignoring orders to self-isolate as police crackdown on quarantine

A woman has been slapped with a $1,000 fine after ignoring instructions to self-isolate during the coronavirus lockdown. 

The 65-year-old woman returned to Sydney from Bali on Saturday and was ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days amid the deadly COVID-19 outbreak.

Police received reports that the woman had broken her quarantine on Monday and visited her home in Redhead, south of Newcastle, and issued her with a warning. 

Later on Thursday, officers received further information that the woman had once again left her home and was breaching the public health order.

Officers returned to her house later that day at 1.45pm and issued her a $1,000 penalty infringement notice. 

Police from Thursday have had the power to hand out fines of $1,000 to individuals and $5,000 to businesses that breach public health orders or ministerial directions.

NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the rules could not be clearer and they apply to everyone.

‘No one is above the law. If you decide to ignore a direction, you will be caught, and you may very well find yourself slapped with a hefty fine,’ the Minister said.

‘The fact that people are still not complying is the reason why we have police out in full force enforcing these directions.

‘This behaviour is not only reckless and stupid, but potentially deadly.’  

Australia’s positive coronavirus cases soared to 3,050 as of Friday morning, with 13 dead.  

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