A lady who fled Melbourne together with her husband and went on a 1900 kilometre highway journey earlier than testing constructive to coronavirus has come beneath heavy hearth from Karl Stefanovic.
Well being authorities in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland are scrambling to monitor down tons of of people that might have been doubtlessly uncovered to the virus throughout their highway journey throughout three states.
The lady, 44, examined constructive on Wednesday however might have been infectious from the day she left Melbourne on June 1, which was already in lockdown.
Police imagine the couple crossed the NSW-Queensland border on the distant rural city of Goondiwindi on June 5 in a bid to evade authorities.
There are additionally stories the girl lied on her declaration kind when coming into Queensland, sparking public outrage.
A livid Stefanovic referred to as for the couple to be not solely be named and shamed but in addition have ‘the ebook thrown at them.
‘I believe there’s comprehensible anger throughout regional Victoria into regional NSW after which into a few of these regional components of Queensland as properly significantly, as a result of they’ve finished such an awesome job defending themselves in opposition to COVID,’ the At this time present co-host fumed on Thursday morning.
‘Lots of people are livid. They should throw the ebook at these folks. They should. I am not averse to naming and shaming. Now we have to get this message by way of.’
The couple, who left a suburb on the sting of larger Melbourne on June 1, probably drove the scenic route so they may keep away from passing by way of the Gold Coast – the place police carry out 100 random intercepts a day and have stricter border management measures in place.
It is understood the girl broke lockdown to go to her household in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.
She had been experiencing signs – together with lack of her sense of scent – from June 3 however solely sought a check on June 8.
In a rare twist, the pair have been solely detected when the couple got here ahead for testing as a result of the husband wanted unfavourable outcomes for work functions.
The couple crossed the NSW/Queensland border on the distant city of Goondiwindi, 4 hours inland of the Gold Coast the place police are far more strict with their patrols
Three states are scrambling to include a possible Covid outbreak after an contaminated lady left locked-down Melbourne and drove by way of NSW to the Sunshine Coast (Mooloolaba pictured)
Six shut contacts of the girl have been recognized to date, together with her husband who has up to now examined unfavourable.
The remaining 5 shut contacts are quarantining at a home collectively on the Sunshine Coast till their outcomes come again.
Queensland’s Chief Well being Officer Jeannette Younger fears the girl’s companion might change into contaminated, given how a lot time the pair spent within the automobile collectively.
Each are actually on the Sunshine Coast College Hospital.
Dr Younger has stated it’s doable the girl was infectious from the day she left Melbourne.
‘She might properly have been infectious whereas travelling by way of New South Wales and I’ve been working with my colleague to find out that,’ she stated on Wednesday.
Authorities are working to trace down shut contacts and examine whether or not she and her companion broke three states’ COVID guidelines.
The constructive lady was at Bunnings in Caloundra, QLD between 12.10pm – 12.45pm on June 7
The lady visited Goondiwindi McDonalds on June 5 between 7.35am – 7.50am
VENUES ON ALERT ACROSS NSW AND QUEENSLAND AS INFECTED WOMAN’S TIMELINE IS REVEALED
Left Melbourne and drove throughout the border to regional New South Wales
10.30-11am: Gillenbah, Caltex Narrandera
6pm-10pm: Forbes, Vandenberg Lodge
7-10am: Forbes, Brew Espresso Bar
10.30-11.30am: Dubbo, Shell Petrol Station
11.30am-2.30pm: Dubbo, Church Road Cafe
6-10pm: Dubbo, Studying Cinemas
Midnight-10am: Dubbo, Homestead Motel
1.30-4.30pm: Moree, Cafe Omega
From 1.45pm onwards: Moree, Gwydir Carpark/Motel & Thermal Swimming pools
3.30-4.30pm: Moree, Woolworths
All day till 7.30am June 5 : Moree, Gwydir Carpark/Motel & Thermal Swimming pools
7-9.30am: Moree, Cafe Omega
11.50-2pm: Moree, Cafe Omega
4.30-11pm: Moree, Amaroo Tavern
Arrived at Goondiwindi border and crossed into Queensland
7.35-7.50am: Goondiwindi, McDonalds
11-11.15am: Toowoomba, Caltex
Travelled to Sunshine Coast
2.45-3pm: Moffat Seashore, Sunny’s
3.30 – 4.30pm: Espresso Cat in Kings Seashore
10.45-11.30am: Stockland Caloundra Procuring Centre – Espresso Membership and Kmart shops
12.10 – 12.45pm: Caloundra, Bunnings
1-2pm: Buddina, Kawana Shoppingworld
3.50-4pm: Caloundra, Baringa IGA
Victorians have been forbidden from travelling greater than 5 kilometres from residence on the time the girl started her journey on June 1.
NSW didn’t shut its border with Victoria, however any travellers from the state have been speculated to abide by the lockdown guidelines even in NSW.
Queensland required all Victorian arrivals to spend two weeks in resort quarantine.
As an alternative, the girl visited quite a few venues in Queensland and NSW.
She stopped at a service station in Gillenbah and Dubbo on her manner by way of NSW, but in addition visited a number of cafes in Forbes and Moree and caught a film on the Studying Cinemas at Dubbo.
Eleven venues within the 4 cities have been recognized by NSW Well being as potential publicity websites.
Anybody who attended venues should instantly get examined and isolate.
NSW Well being is urging anybody who has been in any of the affected cities to observe for signs and get examined.
Pop-up testing clinics will likely be arrange and opening hours prolonged to help the rise in testing.
The couple had visited the Kawana Shoppingworld in Queensland between 1pm-2pm on June 7
The pair have been solely detected when the couple got here ahead for testing as a result of the person wanted unfavourable outcomes for work functions – with well being authorities admitting it was all the way down to luck that the case was caught (pictured Melbourne this week)
Queensland’s listing of publicity websites embrace a McDonald’s restaurant in Goondiwindi, the place they crossed the border from NSW, and websites on the Sunshine Coast, together with at Moffat Seashore, Kings Seashore, Buddina, Baringa and Caloundra.
The couple additionally travelled by way of Toowoomba, west of Brisbane. The listing of publicity websites is on the Queensland Well being web site and can inevitably develop.
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski stated Queensland Police will likely be investigating why the couple entered into the sunshine state.
‘We have a pair which have come from Victoria, when Victoria’s in lockdown, into Queensland,’ he stated.
‘We’ll study all these points round passes – whether or not they have been applicable and what has occurred – it’s too early to say.
‘It is actually necessary for us to remind the entire group that we can not presumably examine each single particular person transferring across the nation.’