‘Egocentric’ Covid couple who drove from Melbourne to Queensland whereas contaminated face punishment in three states – however might escape with a slap on the wrist like trio of ‘border jumpers’ who skipped quarantine to go to an Airbnb get together
- Victorian couple escaped lockdown and road-tripped to QLD whereas infectious
- They’ve each since been identified with Covid-19 whereas on Sunshine Coast
- Well being authorities say the pair didn’t have an exemption to go away Victoria
- They could face similar punishment as three ladies who lied on their border kinds
- Diana Lasu, Olivia Winnie Muranga and Haja Timbo obtained group service
- The buddies lied about having been in Melbourne when coming into Brisbane
A Covid-infected couple who drove from locked-down Melbourne to Queensland by way of regional NSW may very well be prosecuted in all three states for the ‘egocentric’ stunt, however might escape with a slap on the wrist like earlier offenders.
The pair escaped Victoria’s ‘circuit breaker’ Covid lockdown on June 1 and went on a 1,900km street journey by way of susceptible regional communities in NSW earlier than arriving in Queensland on June 5.
Well being authorities consider the pair had been doubtless contaminated a minimum of two weeks in the past because of the extraordinarily low viral hundreds they’d once they obtained examined for Covid on June 9.
A Covid-infected couple who fled Melbourne’s lockdown (pictured) to street journey throughout three states might face enormous fines and even jail time
Well being authorities in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland are scrambling to trace down tons of of people that might have been uncovered to the virus throughout their interstate journey
The couple had no exemption to go away Victoria and journey to Queensland, and police at the moment are investigating whether or not they lied on their border exemption passes.
They may face fines of greater than $13,000 and 6 months in jail in the event that they’re discovered to have didn’t adjust to border instructions in Queensland.
The couple might additionally face punishment in Victoria and NSW, just like the three younger ladies who sparked fears of a Covid outbreak after mendacity on their border declaration kinds final yr.
The ladies lied so they might escape resort quarantine after flying from Queensland to Melbourne to go to a celebration in an Airbnb residence in July final yr.
Diana Lasu, 21, Olivia Winnie Muranga, 20, and Haja Umu Timbo, 21, had been initially charged with one rely of creating false or deceptive paperwork and considered one of fraud.
However they pleaded responsible to the lesser cost of failing to adjust to a public well being course.
Muranga and Lasu examined constructive to COVID-19 after the group returned to Queensland from attending the get together in Melbourne whereas town was in lockdown.
Olivia Winnie Muranga, 20, (pictured, centre) was accused of mendacity on her border declarations to keep away from quarantine in Queensland final July. She later examined constructive for Covid
Haja Umu Timbo (left) and Diana Lasu (proper) had been sentenced to group service after pleading responsible to failing to adjust to a public well being course
Muranga was sentenced to 40 hours of group service in Queensland whereas Lasu and Timbo had been each given 80 hours of group service to finish.
In addition they obtained fines in Victoria for failing to adjust to gathering restrictions.
Queensland Chief Well being Officer Jeannette Younger mentioned police will examine how the couple on the centre of Australia’s newest Covid scare had been capable of enter the Sunshine State.
Victoria had been declared a sizzling spot on the time the couple entered Queensland, that means Victorians had been unable to enter the sunshine state with out an exemption.
These granted entry would then should bear 14 days in resort quarantine.
Well being authorities have recognized 17 shut contacts of the couple with three to date testing damaging.
Victorian Appearing Premier James Merlino mentioned the couple would not have been breaking lockdown restrictions in the event that they had been completely relocating to the Sunshine State.
‘Victoria was not capable of converse to the couple yesterday for a case interview however we are going to accomplish that at this time, and I believe it is very important notice that in the event that they had been relocating it isn’t a breach of instructions right here in Victoria however we simply do not know,’ Mr Merlino mentioned.
Three states are scrambling to include a possible Covid outbreak after an contaminated girl left locked-down Melbourne and drove by way of NSW to the Sunshine Coast (Mooloolaba pictured)
NEW NSW VENUES ON ALERT
The Bakehouse in Forbes on June 1 from 2.30pm-2.50pm
Browns Sportspower in Forbes on June 1 from 3pm-3.30pm
Finest and Much less in Dubbo on June 2 from 12.20pm-1pm
Chemist Warehouse in Dubbo on June 2 from 1.45pm-2pm
Coles in Dubbo on June 2 from 4.30pm-5pm
PKs Bakery in Dubbo on June 3 from 7.30am-8.45am
Coles Categorical in Coonabarabran on June 3 from 11am-12pm
ASSEF’s clothes retailer in Moree on June 3 from 3pm-3.30pm
Cafe Omega closed on Thursday for a deep clear after a Covid-infected couple attended twice
The pair had been solely detected once they got here ahead for testing as a result of the person wanted a damaging outcome for his job.
Police are investigating whether or not the couple crossed the NSW-Queensland border on the distant rural city of Goondiwindi on June 5 in a bid to evade authorities.
The couple doubtless drove the scenic route so they might keep away from passing by way of the Gold Coast – the place police carry out 100 random intercepts a day with strict border management measures in place.
Goondiwindi Mayor Lawrence Springborg slammed the couple who he claims have blatantly breached Covid-19 protocols.
‘This act of obvious selfishness has not solely inconvenienced our group however put us all in danger and reinforces the necessity for fixed vigilance and compliance with well being recommendation,’ he mentioned.
The contaminated girl had been experiencing signs – together with lack of her sense of scent – from June 3 however solely sought a check on June 8.
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 Resort
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 Seaside, Sunny’s
3.30 – 4.30pm: Espresso Cat in Kings Seaside
10.45-11.30am: Stockland Caloundra Purchasing Centre – Espresso Membership and Kmart shops
12.10 – 12.45pm: Caloundra, Bunnings
1-2pm: Buddina, Kawana Shoppingworld
3.50-4pm: Caloundra, Baringa IGA