Fears of Qld virus outbreak, after two infected 19yos falsified border declaration

Queensland authorities are going into overdrive to try and contain an outbreak of coronavirus in the state’s southeast.

The two 19-year-old’s returned positive results yesterday afternoon, the only two new cases within the state in the last 24 hours.

Authorities have confirmed that the girls falsified their border declaration passes, after recently travelling to the hot spot of Melbourne.


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The pair were able to get through the checks by flying into Brisbane from Sydney on July 21.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says it’s incredibly disappointing, and the community will be feeling the consequences of their actions.

“We know that if we act really fast now we can stop this spreading further and cause even more inconvenience to a a lot of people. 

“So there are going to be shopping centres, a school, restaurants or close now for at least 48 hours while we arrange a deep clean of those facilities and contact tracer people who attended.

“And also, I have asked that all the aged care facilities in the Metro South area be closed to visitors and have enhanced screening of staff and that staff are not to work across multiple facilities.

“We need to act really, really fast. These two young women have been out in the community for eight days while unwell.

“So please, anyone who lives in that Logan, Acacia Ridge, Springfield Lakes, areas, if you have any symptoms at all or if you are concerned, please come forward immediately and get tested.

“There will be additional fever clinics put in place but please, see your own GP, go to one of the fever clinics that are there and get yourself tested as soon as possible.

“If you are unwell, stay at home and isolate yourself. That is the way we can all work together to stop this further spreading,” Doctor Young said.

While State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski says an investigation will be carried out as well.

“Our primary health officer is to track down anyone who has been exposed to this and make sure we can identify them.

“We are using all of our government arrangements, including our disaster management frameworks to assist health to do that.

“We will make sure that priority is to identify and eliminate any further transmission of Covid in that area.

“I can also say to you that there is an investigation that is ongoing into the circumstances of these two young women coming back from Victoria into Queensland, including the way that they got through the border and the fact that they were in the community for eight days when they should have been quarantined.

“And now, our investigation will examine that and at the end of the day we will make an appropriate decision around what should happen with that,” Steve Gollschewski said.

One of the pair worked in a school in Logan, which has now had to be closed with a number of other staff going into lockdown.

The principal has already confirmed that the woman had limited contact with students.

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