All students and staff at the school where a COVID-infected teenager worked after lying her way into Queensland have been forced into mandatory quarantine.
Olivia Winnie Muranga arrived in Queensland after travelling to Melbourne last week and returned straight to work at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, south of Brisbane, before developing coronavirus symptoms.
The 19-year-old worked for two days at the school, potentially exposing hundreds of staff and students to the deadly respiratory infection after Queensland had all but stamped out community transmission.
Students and staff from the campus were told on Thursday they must quarantine at home amid fears of a potential second outbreak in the Sunshine State.
Olivia Winnie Muranga (left) and Diana Lasu, (right) both 19, arrived together in Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21
Ms Muranga works as a cleaner at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge (pictured), which is functioning as a coronavirus testing facility
Ms Muranga, along with her friend Diana Lasu, reportedly made false declarations on their border paperwork to enter Queensland.
On Wednesday night they were fined $4,000 each – along with a travel buddy still waiting on her results – after living the high life around Brisbane for eight days.
‘There is a low risk that a student of a staff member could have been exposed to COVID-19,’ a letter from Queensland Health detailing the quarantine procedure read.
‘Public Health will contact all families (from the school) as soon as possible.’
The duo then passed the virus on to a 22-year-old close contact, who worked at a PCYC after school care connected to Chatswood Hills State School.
Contact tracing is now underway to see who else the women could have come into contact with.
Between them the teenagers visited 11 different venues in Brisbane while infected with COVID-19
People line up to get COVID-19 tested at the Parklands Christian College
There are fears the could have sparked a second outbreak of COVID-19 in Queensland after they visited 11 venues in total upon returning from Victoria.
Ms Muranga dined at a Thai restaurant in Springfield on Sunday and a Southbank cocktail bar on Monday.
Police have launched a criminal investigation into the 19-year-olds, who between them visited 11 venues in Brisbane while infected.
Ms Lasu (pictured) and Ms Muranga have both been fined $4,000 each along with a travel buddy still waiting on her results
Authorities will probe how the women were able to travel from Melbourne to Brisbane despite the border closure, and whether they used fake names and contact details on their declaration passes.
Investigators will also probe whether the pair were at party during their stay in Melbourne which was attended by about 20 people.
The gathering was broken up by police, who issued fines totalling $30,000.
Shopping centres, restaurants, a school, and a church they visited will shut while authorities scramble to conduct contact tracing.
Scores of the women’s contacts will be forced to isolate, and aged care facilities in the Metro South Health region will re-enter lockdown.
The incident prompted Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to announce all Sydneysiders will be banned from entering the state from Saturday.
‘There will be a thorough police investigation here but now we have to act as a community and in the areas where the chief health officer says need to be closed, will be closed and I urge people in those areas when that list goes out later on today to please ensure that if you are feeling sick you must go and get tested,’ she said.
Queensland residents returning will have to isolate in a hotel for 14 days at their own expense.
Parklands Christian College was forced to close on Wednesday after the infected cleaner worked onsite. Pictured: people queue at the coronavirus testing facility in the college
People line up in their cars and on foot to get COVID-19 tested at the Parklands Christian College on Wednesday
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young called the pair ‘reckless’ and said she was ‘very disappointed’.
The teens travelled on flights VA 863 and VA 977. Queensland Health contact tracers are identifying close contacts from those flights.
Health Minister Steven Miles said there was a large amount of contact tracing that needed to be done with the community as well.
‘These young women have gone about their business within the communities that they live in and so there will be a large amount of contact tracing to be done, largely within it the Logan and Springfield areas, including shopping malls, restaurants and a church.’
One of the women attended the Orion Springfield Central in Ipswich, south-west of Brisbane, on Sunday where she dined at the Peak Thai restaurant about 6.30pm.
There are now eight actives cases left in Queensland following three new cases on Wednesday.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced all Sydneysiders will be banned from entering the state from Saturday
THE 11 QUEENSLAND LOCATIONS VISITED BY INFECTED TEENAGERS
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 All