Sunday, July 21, 2024

Infectious trio strike again

The woman, believed to be Olivia Muranga, seen dining out in Queensland on 23 July (photo – 7News).

The news just gets worse for a trio of Queensland women who travelled to Melbourne and then lied to authorities, with a 28-year-old aged care worker and her partner now infected with COVID-19 after dining alongside one of the women at a restaurant while she was infectious.

21-year olds Diana Lasu and Haja Timbo, and 19-year-old Olivia Muranga are facing charges after lying about their travel on border declarations when they arrived back in Brisbane on 21 July.

Lasu and Muranga have both tested positive for coronavirus.

One of the women, believed to be Muranga, dined at Korean restaurant, Madtongsan IV in Sunnybank, Brisbane on 23 July.

An aged care worker and her husband were seated at the next table and both have now tested positive for COVID-19.

Authorities say the worker completed an eight hour shift at Bolton Clark nursing home in Pinjarra Hills on 28 July, not knowing she was infected with the virus.

All staff at the facility have been told to get tested immediately.

Health Minister, Steven Miles said the facility had been locked down and extra nurses provided.

Queensland’s latest COVID diagnosis is the third community transmission linked to the women.

Queensland Health have released details of the aged care worker’s movements while infections, including trips to Kmart and JB Hifi at Garden City Shopping Centre on 26 July and two Bunnings stores on 27 July.

The women are due to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on 28 September. Police say a criminal investigation unrelated to their travel to Victoria is also underway.

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