Toowoomba among top spots for COVID-19 quarantine notices

IT HAS been about six months since COVID-19 arrived in Toowoomba and still we have a high rate of people subject to a notice for self-quarantine.

According to data from Queensland Health, there are 196 people under such an order in the Darling Downs Health area today and a total of 2187 people have been quarantined since the outbreak started.

The news comes as Toowoomba police spent today tracking a 25-year-old man who absconded from his mandatory quarantine.

More than 16,000 people have been ordered into a mandatory hotel quarantine in Queensland since COVID-19, but the man was the first to escape.

He handed himself into police and an independent investigation is under way to prevent further escapes.

The Darling Downs Heath network had the fourth largest number mandatory quarantine orders in the Queensland.

Brisbane's Metro North Hospital and Health network has 1918 people in quarantine, followed by the Gold Coast at 955 and the Metro South at 434.

About 82,100 people were issued notices to quarantine in Queensland since the pandemic started.

There have been 40 active cases in the Toowoomba Regional Council area, with 33 arriving from overseas, six from community transmission and one arriving from interstate.

There remains only one active case in Toowoomba - a security contractor, aged in his 20s who recently returned from Afghanistan and is in self-quarantine at his home.

Two people have died from the disease; 68-year-old Garry Kirstenfeldt and 85-year-old Des Williams.

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