Teen Who Lied About Travelling From Victoria To Queensland Is Refusing To Cooperate
Queensland authorities are seething after two 19-year-olds travelled back to the state and lied about where they had been.
The teens flew from Melbourne to Sydney then to Brisbane and were out in the community and at work for several days before testing positive for the coronavirus.
Health crews are trying to contact as many people as possible that the pair might have come into contact with since arriving in the Sunshine State. However, that is proving difficult.
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Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said during a press conference: "We have now contact traced all of the people who have been in close contact with that first confirmed case that went to Melbourne.
"Unfortunately, the second confirmed case has not wanted to let us know where she has been so, therefore, that is why I am spreading that message that if anyone is unwell, to please get tested because I don't know where that second case has been.
"That is really, really important."
Dr Young has warned all Queenslanders, especially those in Brisbane, to be aware of their health over the coming days and to isolate immediately if they feel unwell.
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"That is why I am saying that people should be very cautious if they have got any symptoms at all, doesn't matter where they live, in Brisbane, or indeed anywhere in the state, this is the time to get yourself tested," she told reporters.
Police have reportedly confiscated the woman's phone in the hope it will shed light on who she might have been in contact with over the past few days - however it would be far easier if she just told them.
In addition to lying about where the 19-year-olds had been, they've also been accused of not quarantining for two weeks after arriving in the state. That has resulted in the pair being fined $4,000 each.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll was scathing in her assessment of the teen's actions.
"I am very disappointed with them at this stage, they went to extraordinary lengths to be deceitful and deceptive, and quite frankly criminal in their behaviour, and it has put the community at risk," Commissioner Carroll said.
"The way our borders operate cannot prevent that. It is incredibly important that everyone who comes into Queensland, is accurate in terms of the declaration. In this instance, it is not a matter of identity, there is no false identity. It is about not declaring where people have been."
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