A couple who skipped Victoria’s lockdown and managed to drive through NSW to Queensland has sparked a COVID-19 testing frenzy on the Sunshine Coast.

They travelled through NSW and crossed the border at Queensland at Goondiwindi over the weekend before they arrived in Caloundra.

The husband and wife have both tested positive to COVID-19.

17 close contacts have been tested, three have returned negative results.

Health authorities today said the risk of transmission was low.

General president and CEO of the Queensland Police Union Ian Leavers said it was disgraceful.

“There should be a jail sentence, a minimum 3-6 months sentence. There needs to be consequences,” he told Scott Emerson.

“In Queensland for people who commit offences in certain licensed premises and precincts they get a banning notice.

“Let’s ban these people from Queensland for three years.”

He said a hard border was “problematic” and took away vital police resources.