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Queensland records two new coronavirus cases after 19-year-old women snuck in from Melbourne 

Queensland closes shopping centres and restaurants after two infected women LIED to police and snuck into the state from Melbourne without going through quarantine

Two new coronavirus cases recorded in Queensland are linked to a pair of 19-year-old women who lied on their border declarations, police allege.

Police have launched a criminal investigation after the returned to Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21. 

The pair 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 works at Parklands Christian College, the school has been closed for deep cleaning and families were notified of the potential exposure on Tuesday.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young apologised to people who will now be inconvenienced after the new cases emerged.

‘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. 

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