ADF member and female visitor fined $1,000 for breaching hotel quarantine rules


A serving member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been fined for entertaining a woman in his room at a Sydney hotel where he is in mandatory quarantine.

During a security check at 12:45am a woman’s voice was heard coming from the room of the 26-year-old man, who is in quarantine after returning from overseas deployment.

ADF officers managing the hotel took the woman away from the quarantine area and police were called.

The 53-year-old woman was a guest staying at the hotel. She was told to check out and get tested for the virus before self-isolating at her Hornsby home.

« Defence takes its responsibilities for the safety and wellbeing of its members and the general public seriously, and will not tolerate breaches of COVID-19 procedures, » a spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says she is « concerned » about the state’s testing numbers after health authorities confirmed seven new cases of COVID-19.

Two of the new infections are linked to a known case or cluster while one is still under investigation.

Ms Berejiklian said the low rate of community transmission was a « solid result » but testing rates needed to be much higher.

« We are concerned about testing numbers. We really need the community to stay vigilant and not be complacent, » she said.

« We are doing well in relation to COVID but we need to do extremely well for us to keep numbers low during the [upcoming] vital school holiday period when we know families will be moving all across the state. »

Chief health officer Kerry Chant said she was eager to get over that 20,000 benchmark again for a few consecutive days.

One of the new cases is a household contact of a case linked to Concord Hospital in Sydney’s inner west and another is a healthcare worker at Liverpool Hospital in Western Sydney.

One of the four travellers who tested positive was a NSW resident returning from Victoria.

NSW Health also revealed a second student at Blue Mountains Grammar School has tested positive after an initial case on Saturday.

Although community transmission is very low, NSW Health said the virus was still silently circulating in the community so the risk of outbreaks remains.

These areas have had lower testing rates over the past six weeks as well as locally acquired cases without links to known clusters.

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