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

Grant Boone
August 1, 2020

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.

It prompted Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to announce all Sydneysiders will be banned from entering the state from Saturday.

In just one school alone visited by one of the women, Parklands Christian College, families linked to 734 students underwent testing with unbelievable queues stretching down the street in what has been described as a "COVID crisis".

The pair travelled to Queensland on July 21 from Melbourne via Sydney and may have been unknowingly passing the virus to others while out in the community for eight days.

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

As urgent contact tracing continues, Queensland Health has released the times and dates the women visited venues across Brisbane's south.

Anyone showing symptoms in Brisbane's south is being urged to get tested immediately.

"While this situation represents a considerable disruption to the lives of our families, we collectively support the efforts of the Metro South Public Health Unit".

One of the new cases visited a raft of businesses from Browns Plains to Southbank over several days including popular eateries, prompting urgent calls from health authorities for everyone to check if they had also been there during the identified times.

At a letter to parents, chief David Teale stated the school would shut now following guidance from Queensland Health.

"It's beyond frustration, it's devastating and disappointed that the actions of a few people we couldn't predict or protect against, but we have to manage now", he said.

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University of Queensland Associate Professor of Virology Ian Mackay said Queenslanders should expect to see this kind of transmission from other states occur.

It's believed she also went out in the community on Tuesday when she should have been in quarantine awaiting the result of the test.

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

"I believe they (health authorities) are talking about opening the clinic again tomorrow, which wasn't the initial plan, and possibly over the weekend".

Mr Miles said it was absolutely critical that anyone who is asked to quarantine does so.

One of the 19-year-old women who tested positive to COVID-19 was a cleaner at this private school.

"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. "I keep myself at home to protect others but it's disappointing others aren't doing the right thing".

Dr Young said shopping centres and schools will now be closed for 48 hours while deep cleans are undertaken.

"These young women have gone about their business with in the communities that they live in and so there will be a large amount of contact tracing to be done, largely within it the Logan and Springfield areas, including shopping malls, restaurants and a church", he said.

"It just astounds me that anyone could do what these young ladies have done and think that that's okay", Diane and Barry Kerr said.

Queensland locals returning will need to separate in a hotel for 14 days at their own expenditure.

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