There are calls for the woman responsible for a Queensland coronavirus scare to be imprisoned for lying to police, with tens of thousands signing a petition online.
Number of Logan and South Brisbane businesses had to close this week, and hundreds of people had to get tested for the virus after three women flew in from Melbourne, two of whom later checked for coronavirus positive.
In only a matter of hours, an online petition, set up two days ago, has quickly gathered thousands of signatures, with the group seeking justice.
“These girls have fraudulently declared that they had not been to Victoria when they had, placing the entire of QLD at risk of a full lockdown while jeopardising the lives, health, and financial welfare of the QLD community.
“We need to ensure a slap on the wrist punishment does not occur and the maximum penalty is applied so people will think twice before lying and refusing to self isolate,” the Change.org petition description reads.
A 19-year-old woman from Heritage Park, a 21-year-old woman from Acacia Ridge and a 21-year-old woman from Algester were all charged with one count each of presenting false or misleading information carrying a maximum fine of $13,345.
The women were also charged with fraud, which carries a maximum term of five years in prison.