Airline worker who was allowed to work while awaiting COVID test results fined for breach

by | Feb 11, 2021 | COVID-19 | 0 comments

An airline employee working in Darwin, who travelled from Dili, has been slapped with a $5,000 penalty for breaching COVID-19 protocols, NT Police said in a confusing statement on Thursday.

The 33-year-old aviation worker arrived in Darwin in January from Dili; however, authorities did not mention when exactly he arrived.

As per health protocols, he was directed to take a COVID-19 test and self-isolate until the results were available.

However, police media manager Rob Cross said the man was “permitted to attend work when rostered but otherwise was to remain in self-isolation”.

It was unclear why the man would be permitted to go to work before the test results were in or how long the test results took to get back.

Police said they had “received information” that he was found leaving his quarantine accommodation believed to be at a Darwin hotel, while he was not rostered to work. The airline company the man works for was not named.

Police did not mention the locations visited by the man when he was supposed to be isolating.

Details of his coronavirus test was also not mentioned by the NT police in their statement.

Data from the World Health Organisation shows that from Jan 3 to Feb 10, 2021, Timor Leste recorded 86 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with no deaths.

The infringement penalty for breaching COVID-19 protocols remains at $5,056 for an individual and $25,280 for a business.

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