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COVID-19: Queenslanders are lining up for hours to get tested for coronavirus

Queenslanders are facing long queues in order to get tested for coronavirus after a pair of infected teenagers illegally entered Queensland from Victoria by flying via Sydney.

Shocking video showed queues of cars winding around for kilometres in order to have the coronavirus test in Logan, south of Brisbane, on Thursday. 

The footage showed traffic at a complete standstill at a roundabout as people waited to turn into the testing facility.

The line wound through the area and even into a car park, with worried residents also queuing on foot.

Images show hundreds of people lining up and waiting to be tested at Parklands Christian College, where one of the women worked for two days before testing positive. 

Many had large sun hats and umbrellas in order to keep sun safe while they waited. 

One couple told Nine News they had queued for six hours before they were seen by health professions.

‘It just astounds me that anyone could do what these young ladies have done and think that that’s okay,’ Diane Kerr, waiting with her husband Barry, said.

‘You have no idea what the person next to you (in line) have been doing. 

‘[We spent] three hours in the sun at QEII hospital to get told to go home, or go sit in your car for another two to three hours.’

The spike in people getting tested comes after a pair of coronavirus-infected teenagers illegally entered Queensland from Victoria by flying via Sydney.

Olivia Winnie Muranga and Diana Lasu, both 19, and an unidentified friend, arrived together in Brisbane from Melbourne on Tuesday, July 21.

All Victorian residents were banned from entering Queensland from July 9, but the women were able to enter the Sunshine State by stopping off in Sydney.

The teens allegedly travelled on Virgin Australia flight 863 from Melbourne to Sydney, to make it appear they hadn’t come from Melbourne.

Shortly afterwards they boarded flight VA 977 to Brisbane.

They are also accused of making false declarations on their border paperwork, which asks passengers if they have visited Victoria in the past 14 days.

Two of the teenagers had their phones seized by Queensland police. The devices are now being forensically analysed, The Australian reported.

Police believed the women were lying to investigators about their previous movements. 

Ms Muranga is believed to have gone to work for two days at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, south of the city, before calling in sick and then going to see a doctor on Saturday, who said to get tested immediately. 

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll on Thursday revealed the three women have been served court notices.

‘They went to extraordinary lengths to be deceitful, deceptive and quite frankly criminal in their behaviour,’ Ms Carroll said. 

One of the women has cooperated with Queensland authorities in contact tracing since she arrived back in the state, and any person who could have been exposed to the disease has been notified.

The second woman is refusing to cooperate or share details of her travels over the course of the last week. 

The two women and one of their immediate family members are the first three cases of the virus in the community since May.

The test results for the third unidentified traveller who illegally crossed the border with them have not been released yet.   

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