Queensland Teens Who Tested Positive For Covid-19 Fined $4,000 Each For Lying On Border Form
Two Queensland teenagers have been fined $4,000 each for lying on their state border declaration forms about where they had been.
Olivia Winnie Muranga and Diana Lasu travelled from Melbourne to Sydney to Brisbane and didn't quarantine for two weeks due to being in a hotspot area.
One of the 19-year-olds instead worked for three days before going off sick. It wasn't until a week after getting symptoms did she get tested.
Both teens were active in the community after arriving back into Brisbane, which has sparked a massive concern for health authorities who are trying to contact trace everyone they might have come into contact with.
Queensland Health Minister Steve Miles said: "These young women have gone about their business in the communities that they live in and so there will be a large amount of contact tracing to be done, largely within the Logan and Springfield areas, including shopping malls, restaurants and a church," he told reporters this morning.
"Our contact tracers are doing that work right now. There is also a number of close contacts in both of their households. They will now be ordered to quarantine.
"They travelled on flights VA 863 and PA977. The Queensland Health contact tracers are identifying close contacts from those flights."
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One of the sisters of the women has since tested positive for coronavirus, according to News Corp, which is the first community transmission in Queensland in 46 days.
The Premier is absolutely furious at the incident and worries these two women have caused a 'perfect storm' where a second wave could unfold.
Annastacia Palaszczuk said at a press conference: "I'm absolutely furious that this has happened. These two people have gone to Victoria, have come back and have given misleading information to authorities.
"There will be a thorough police investigation here but now we have to act as a community and in the areas where the chief health officer says need to be closed, will be closed and I urge people in those areas when that list goes out later on today to please ensure that if you are feeling sick you must go and get tested," she said.
"It is incredibly important now more than ever if you are feeling sick you must go and get tested."
Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young added: "I think it was reckless. They are in two households. At this point in time they are in their home but I am organising them to go into hotels."
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