Queensland is bracing for its fresh coronavirus outbreak to worsen after it emerged an aged care worker sat next to a woman accused of lying her way into the state while infected with COVID-19
Diana Lasu, 21, Olivia Winnie Muranga, 19, and Haja Timbo, 21, are accused of lying on their border declarations about having been in Melbourne when they arrived in Brisbane on July 21.
Lasu and Muranga have since tested positive for coronavirus after they visited 11 venues in Brisbane.
On Sunday, a picture emerged of one of the women enjoying a Korean meal at Madtongsan IV restaurant in Sunnybank, Brisbane, on July 23.
The woman (right) enjoyed a meal at Korean restaurant Madtongsan IV in Sunnybank, Brisbane. A husband and wife who were sitting at the next table has since tested positive for COVID-19
The woman was eating at Madtongsan IV Restaurant (pictured) after allegedly lying about being in Melbourne when she arrived in Queensland
At the next table was an aged care worker who was dining with her 27-year-old husband. Both have now tested positive for coronavirus.
Authorities have revealed that the aged care employee worked for eight hours at Bolton Clarke nursing home, in Pinjarra Hills, while she was unknowingly infected with COVID-19 on July 28.
All staff and residents are now on red alert and have been told to get tested immediately.
Lasu, Muranga and Timbo have all been charged with one count each of providing false or misleading documents and fraud over their alleged lies to authorities when they arrived in Brisbane.
Diana Lasu (right), 21, and Olivia Winnie Muranga (left), 19, allegedly lied on their border declarations
Haja Timbo (pictured) has been identified as the third woman, who allegedly provided misleading documents at the Queensland border after visiting Melbourne
The women could be fined $13,345 or sent to jail for a maximum of five years.
Unfortunately the 27-year-old husband of the aged care worker, who is from Bellbird Park, south of Brisbane, visited 15 locations while he was potentially infectious.
These included a Kmart and a JB HiFi at the Garden City Shopping Centre on July 26 and two different Bunnings on July 27.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young praised the young couple saying they have been ‘model citizens’, Courier Mail reported.
Lasu and Muranga remain in Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital under police guard, partly for their own protection.
Timbo is in hotel quarantine in an inner-city hotel and spoke briefly to the Courier Mail last week.
‘I want everything to be confidential. I don’t want to be in the media or my friends to be in the media,’ she said.
Police said the trio are now cooperating with officers and Queensland Health officials.
The women will appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 28.
‘There is no further information available at this time in relation to the ongoing criminal investigation,’ a statement read.
The 11 Queensland locations visited by infected pair
The pair took flight VA863 from Melbourne to Sydney and flight VA977 from Sydney to Brisbane, 21 July
Parklands Christian College, Park Ridge, 22-23 July 2020 9.30am-6pm
Madtongsan IV Restaurant, Sunnybank, 23 July 2020 7-9pm
Heeretea Bubble Tea Shop, Sunnybank, 23 July 2020 9.25pm
YMCA Chatswood Hills Outside School Hours Care, Springwood, 23-24 July 2020 All
Primary Medical and Dental Practice, Browns Plains, 24 July 2020 3.30-3.50pm
Thai Peak Restaurant, Springfield, 26 July 2020 6.30-9pm
Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar, Southbank, 27 July 2020 All
P’Nut Street Noodles, Southbank, 27 July 2020 All
African Grocery Shop, Woodridge (Station Rd), 28 July 2020 All
Primary Medical and Dental Practice, Browns Plains, 28 July 2020 12.25-12.30pm
Chatime Grand Plaza, Browns Plains, 28 July 2020
Muranga allegedly went to work for two days at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, south of Brisbane. Pictured are people lining up at the college on Thursday to get a COVID-19 test after a pop-up clinic was set up
Police investigators and health authorities will analyse the women’s mobile phone data to track their movements.
A police source has meanwhile alleged the teenagers threw a party for about 20 people at their accommodation in Melbourne earlier this month, the Brisbane Times reported.
Victoria Police issued infringement notices to all in attendance at the party after being called to reports of a ‘disturbance’.
Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said police were confident everyone who had been to the Melbourne party had now been identified.
Police on Thursday revealed 40 people have been caught lying to authorities while crossing the Queensland border.
The locations visited by a 27-year-old husband infected with coronavirus
- Caltex at Goodna on July 26 from 11.30am-11.35am
- Sleeman Sports Complex at Chandler on July 26 from 12.30pm-2.10pm
- Garden City Shopping Centre at Mount Gravatt on July 26 from 4pm-7pm
- Kmart at Garden City Shopping Centre on July 26 from 4pm-5pm
- JB HiFi at Garden City Shopping Centre on July 26 from 4.30pm-5pm
- MOS Burget at Garden City Shopping Centre on July 26 about 5pm
- Chatime Garden City on July 26 about 6pm
- Cafe 63 at Redbank Plains on July 27 from 10am-10.30am
- Bunnings Springfield on July 27 from 11am-1pm
- Bunnings Exley on July 27 from 3.15pm-4pm
- Basketball Court Spring Lakes on July 27 from 6pm-8.30pm
- Nando’s Kenmore on July 27 from 8.45pm-8.55pm
- Caltex Wacol on July 28 from 8.40am-8.45am
- Richlands Medical Centre at Richlands Plaza on July 29 about 10.45am
- SNP Collection Centre at Forest Lake on July 29 about 11.35am