COVID-19-infected women who dodged quarantine in Queensland charged

Henrietta Brewer
July 31, 2020

It was announced on Wednesday that the two women had tested positive for coronavirus but had been going about their business in the community for eight days instead of quarantining.

According to media reports here, charges have been laid against Muranga and Diana, who have now tested positive to COVID-19 and another 19-year-old woman, who has returned a negative test.

"I know some of the pop-up clinics have been really busy, and some people have had to wait to be tested, and I thank you for your patience".

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young further clarified the situation by saying that the 27-year-old man is likely to have caught COVID-19 from a married couple who were dining at the restaurant.

"We have seen community members making comments about certain cultural groups", she said.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the two young women went to "extraordinary lengths" to hide where they had been and carried out "criminal deceit".

Ms Carroll said the women would face court to send a message that "we will not tolerate this behaviour at our borders".

"I want Queenslanders to really think about social distancing", she said.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said police would allege the women "deliberately falsified records to get back into Queensland".

At least 15 close contacts of the COVID cases will be kept in hotel quarantine and the infectious girls are at the PA Hospital.

"One of the first two women has been cooperative, the other has not", he added.

"It's astounding that they put themselves at risk".

Hundreds of people from the families of around 700 students at Parkland Christian College, where one of the women works as a cleaner, lined up for testing on Thursday.

Mr Miles suggested the trio had contracted COVID-19 at a party in Melbourne.

"The most important message is: Feeling sick?"

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