Queensland communities face an anxious wait and authorities will brace for the worst after two teenage women traipsed throughout six completely different suburbs, 5 eating places and bars and extra for eight days whereas contaminated with COVID-19.
In queues not seen earlier than in Brisbane, “extraordinary scenes” have been witnessed yesterday as anxious residents queued at testing websites within the southeast of the state and a serious tracing operation was underway that echoed scenes in Sydney’s Potts Point.
In only one faculty alone visited by one of many girls, Parklands Christian College, households linked to 734 college students underwent testing with unbelievable queues stretching down the road in what has been described as a “COVID crisis”.
Officials have referred to as the state of affairs the “perfect storm” that might pressure Queensland again into lockdown whereas aged care houses have already been ordered to close as a precautionary measure.
The panic got here after three new circumstances have been confirmed within the state that concerned a sequence of bungles by two “reckless” 19-year-old women, Olivia Winnie Muranga and Diana Lasu, who traipsed their means throughout Browns Plains in Logan to Southbank over a number of days whereas exhibiting signs of the virus.
The pair have been fined $4000 every in a single day for allegedly mendacity to authorities on their border paperwork to skip necessary quarantine.
The incident has induced nervousness for well being and authorities officers as a result of widespread of the locations the ladies travelled.
Scores of workers and buddies of the pair might be compelled to isolate as authorities race to conduct contact tracing.
It was Queensland’s first case of group transmission in 46 days as New South Wales and Victoria battle to include coronavirus outbreaks.
A 22-year-old girl, one of many lady’s sisters, an in depth contact of the opposite two, additionally examined constructive for coronavirus. She isn’t accused of any wrongdoing.
“It’s just pathetic, obviously they’ve got no regard for any one else,” one man on the testing web site instructed 7 News. Another described it as “disgraceful”.
Hundreds of exams submitted throughout the district yesterday are anticipated again at the moment and may give officers a sign of what’s to return and the way far the virus has travelled.
One of the women, recognized as Olivia Winnie Muranga, is a cleaner at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, west of Brisbane, and didn’t self-isolate on her return to Logan, as an alternative working three days on the non-public faculty. It has compelled workers to isolate whereas one other faculty, Chatswood Hills State School, was additionally closed for deep cleansing after one of many girls labored at after faculty care.
The incident has induced not solely panic for locals, however a political firestorm between borders.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk locked out folks from Greater Sydney and mentioned yesterday she was “absolutely furious this happened” as she introduced tighter border restrictions with NSW.
Five million Sydneysiders might be banned from Queensland efficient Saturday 1am.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian sniped again on the announcement, telling reporters, “it would have been nice if she told me, but that’s fine”.
Sky News host Alan Jones mentioned Palaszczuk appeared to had “gone mad” over the choice to lock out folks from Greater Sydney
“The reality is, in all of Australia we have 46 serious cases,” Mr Jones mentioned.
“Are we going to shut down everything every time there is a positive test”.
The tit-for-tat is simply the newest within the political pile, with PM Scott Morrison feuding with the WA authorities over its border closures together with a latest blame sport between the Morrison and Andrews authorities.
Destination Gold Coast chairman Paul Donovan urged Ms Palaszczuk to spice up penalties to a $50,000 high quality and 6 months jail for anybody mendacity to well being authorities, in accordance with the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“If it’s true what these ones are accused of doing, they should have the book thrown at them. You don’t play with livelihoods and health,” he’s reported as saying.
The two 19-year-olds have been unknowingly contaminated with the virus after a go to to Victoria and fined for mendacity to officers and skipping necessary quarantine earlier than roaming round city and inflicting a brand new wave of the panic.
Queensland’s deputy police commissioner Steve Gollschewski, mentioned the investigation was nonetheless ongoing however “the initial investigation is indicating that there were incorrect details on their declaration passes”.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young referred to as the 19-year-olds “reckless” and mentioned contact tracing was underway.
“While we are still determining where the virus may have been acquired, we are working closely with these women to gather necessary information, including other places they may have visited while infectious,” she mentioned
As pressing contact tracing continues, Queensland Health has launched the instances and dates the girls visited venues throughout Brisbane’s south.