Coronavirus rebels could be fined £25,000 for breaking quarantine orders

Rogue Australians who breach coronavirus orders to self isolate could face jail and fines of up to $50,000 (£25,000).

People have been ordered to stay at home in the country for 14 days if they are believed to have contracted the bug.

But if they break it they are facing hefty punishment.

In West Australia, under the South Australian Public Health Act, failure to comply results in a maximum bill of £25k and a year behind bars.

While in New South Wales it is £5,500 and six months in jail with other varying fines across the nation, reports Daily Mail Australia.

A NSW Department of Health spokesperson told the organisation: "Novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a scheduled medical condition under the Public Health Act 2010.

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"This means cases of COVID-19 must be notified to the Secretary.

"In addition, a public health order can be made in relation to a person with COVID-19 or a person who has come into contact with COVID-19. A public health order can require a person to undergo treatment, notify contacts or order a person to be detained.

"It is an offence to fail to comply with a public health order."

So far Australia has 194 cases. In the UK, there have been 590 cases and 10 deaths.

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Earlier today, it emerged that a London Underground tube driver has tested positive for the disease that broke out in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year.

An email sent to staff read: "The operator is receiving support from health services and is continuing to follow Public Health England (PHE) advice to self-isolate.

"The train operator has recently returned from a trip abroad, where it is thought the illness may have been contracted."

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And a spokesperson added: "The safety of our staff and customers is our top priority and we are taking all necessary precautions.

"The areas where the driver worked are being cleaned, including the depot and the trains, in line with guidance from Public Health England with whom we are working closely."

Around the world, there have been more than 125,000 cases and around 5,000 deaths.

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