Third woman linked to 'criminal' trip at centre of Qld COVID scare

Henrietta Brewer
July 31, 2020

In extraordinary scenes not yet witnessed in Queensland during the pandemic, anxious families queued at testing sites in Brisbane's southside after at least three new cases were confirmed on Wednesday. The next girl, who operates in YMCA Chatswood Hills Outside School Hours Care returned a favorable effect on Wednesday afternoon.

NSW has recorded 19 new cases of the virus today.

A 19-year-old from Heritage Park and two 21-year-olds from Acacia Ridge and Algester have each been charged with a count of fraud and a count of providing false or misleading documents under the Public Health Act.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is tightening Queensland border restrictions as the state braces for a potential second wave of infections.

At a letter by Queensland Health to pupils and employees at Parklands Christian Collegethey had been told that they'must quarantine at home' before August 6 later Olivia Winnie Muranga functioned in the college continue Wednesday and Thursday (July 22 and 23).

The set, who flew back from Melbourne by means of Sydney on July 21 after taking a trip together, were active in the neighborhood for 8 days prior to separating.

"They travelled on flights VA863 and VA977", Mr Miles said.

More than 6800 tests were carried out on Wednesday including nearly a thousand in Logan and Brisbane's south.

"Queensland Health is now working closely with the College to assess the situation", the letter said.

Scores of nursing homes in Brisbane's south will be put into lockdown as authorities fear the two women will spark a southside cluster.

Both women who have now tested positive travelled to Queensland via Sydney.

It is understood a testing clinic will be established at the Baskerville Sports Centre, at the school, from today.

Dr Young has warned the state is facing a critical time as authorities work overtime to prevent a major outbreak across Queensland.

"There's about 217 cultures that we're aware of", Mayor Darren Power said.

"These two young women have been out in the community for eight days whilst unwell".

Commissioner Katarina Carroll says she is "very disappointed" at the actions of all three.

Nearly 1000 people were tested in the Metro South health district yesterday and the results of those tests are expected to come back later today.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the move was about protecting the state's most vulnerable.

Dr Young said vigilance was key to keeping community transmission out of Queensland.

Mr Miles said the investigation into the two women was of a criminal nature.

"Public Health advice will be provided to people who are identified as close contacts".

Chief health officer Jeannette Young is also meeting with multicultural community leaders.

"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".

"Our contact tracers are doing that work right now".

"There are also a number of close contacts in both of their households".

She said shopping centres and schools would now be closed for 48 hours while deep cleans are undertaken.

She said there was no suggestion either of the women had visited an aged care facility.

Returning Queenslanders who have spent any time in Victoria in the 14 days before coming home must quarantine in a hotel at their own expense.

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