'Thoughtless act': Sydney removalists who allegedly knew they were COVID-positive still travelled to regional NSW

The three removalists travelled from Sydney to Molong in regional NSW, stopping off in South Bowenfels and Orange along the way.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys says the number of officers deployed to enforce public health orders will be increased.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys says the number of officers deployed to enforce public health orders will be increased. Source: AAP

NSW Police said three removalists have been charged for breaching public health orders in travelling from Sydney to regional NSW, whilst allegedly knowing they were COVID-positive. 

The men travelled from West Hoxton to Figtree, before travelling to Molong, stopping in regional areas including South Bowenfels and Orange along the way.

The men - aged 21, 27 and 27 - were escorted back to Greater Sydney and have been told to isolated for a fortnight. 

They have been issued with court attendance notice for 30 August in Orange.

NSW Police said the three men had received notification there were positive for COVID-19, before they travelled to Molong. 

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the actions of the men are dangerous.

"This thoughtless act has now placed our regional communities in NSW at the greatest risk so far with this pandemic," he said. 

"We know that the delta variant is highly transmissible, and it is unfathomable to think that, with all the public information and health warnings, people could so blatantly ignore the health orders."

NSW tightens lockdown restrictions

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said more police officers will be deployed to ensure enforcement of the new public health orders announced earlier today

"The greater restrictions will see police ramping up our response across all of greater Sydney and regional areas to ensure people comply with the health orders and that public safety is the number one priority," he said. 

He said people are on notice about the stricter rules and he urged compliance.

"Currently, we are seeing millions of people right across this state doing the right thing being let down by a small minority who continue to be irresponsible and put themselves and their communities at risk."

In the last 24 hours, NSW Police issued 162 fines and charged 18 people for breaches of the public health orders.


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Published 17 July 2021 at 4:10pm, updated 17 July 2021 at 5:17pm
By Biwa Kwan
Source: SBS News