Aged care worker tests positive for coronavirus in Queensland

Daniel Fowler
August 2, 2020

He has links to three people, two of whom are nurses, who work at an aged care facility in Brisbane.

Both have now tested positive for coronavirus.

Diana Lasu, 21, and Olivia Muranga, 19, each face one count of providing false or misleading information, as well as the more serious charge of fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment.

He is the only case recorded in Queensland on Friday, but the second case of community transmission linked to the cluster, after one of the women's sisters tested positive earlier this week.

Footage has now emerged of Muranga casually ordering a drink at the Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar on Brisbane's Southbank with a friend in the hours after she was tested for the virus on Monday.

They had returned to Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21, and police allege they attended a party in Melbourne with 20 or 30 others.

Before that, she had allegedly gone to work for two days at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, south of the city before calling in sick.

"(She) took immediate action to be tested and self-isolate once she became aware of potential exposure", the statement said.

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Arif Mendes, who owns the restaurant told ACA: "People say we're in this together ... well clearly not for some people, that's disappointing".

"Restricted regions are in which, if individuals have any symptoms whatsoever, they ought to instantly have tested", Dr Young said.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said additional police resources have been put in place to help manage traffic at the border.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said this incident was a "deliberate act of deception".

'I'm very anxious about the second individual who has not been cooperative and has not shared where she's been, so we haven't been able to contact those venues, ' Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said. "This is not productive at all", she said.

The Northern Territory has declared greater Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich as hot spots, shutting out millions of Queenslanders.

As the World Health Organisation warned the effects of the coronavirus pandemic would be felt for decades, another 397 cases were reported in Victoria yesterday, with three people dying. There is also a mad rush from NSW residents trying to squeeze past the border to beat the 1am deadline on Saturday.

The woman (right) enjoyed a meal at Korean restaurant Madtongsan IV in Sunnybank, Brisbane.

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