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Self-Isolation Lies Copped These QLD Teens COVID-19 And Thousands In Fines

"I'm absolutely furious."

As Victoria battles through a second lockdown and NSW attempts to contain growing clusters of COVID-19, following social distancing rules and restrictions has never been so important. Sadly, that didn’t stop two teens from triggering QLD’s first community transmission of COVID-19 in more than a month.

According to multiple reports, two 19-year-olds were each fined $4,000 this week after allegedly lying to authorities about where they’d been and failing to self-isolate.

The pair travelled from Melbourne to Brisbane where they reportedly visited a large number of public places and then failed to follow the strict 14-day quarantine rule. News.com.au reports the pair also live in large households, leading to family transmission of the virus.

One of the teens even returned to work as a cleaner at Parklands Christian College in QLD for three days before later being diagnosed with the COVID-19. Staff and students have been since issued a warning.

“The staff member was on site last week and then rang in sick and then that’s when the trace program started,” school Principal Gary Cully told The Courier Mail.

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“As far as I’m aware they were not symptomatic while they were onsite and then called in sick the following day and then the next week they were tested,” he added.

Apparently, Chatswood Hills State School has also been closed for deep cleaning after one of the women worked there. 

“I’m absolutely furious that this has happened,” QLD’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. “These two have gone to Victoria, have come back and have given misleading information to authorities.”

QLD’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said that there is a police investigation underway, and that “the initial investigation is indicating that there were incorrect details on their declaration passes.”

It’s just another reminder to – and we cannot stress this enough – get tested if you’re feeling sick, stay home and if you have to travel, follow the rules and self-isolate.

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After 13 Years, There's Been A Breakthrough In The Madeleine McCann Case

A groundbreaking development.

On the 3rd of May 2007, three-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann went missing from a resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal where she was staying with her family. After 13 years, there has just been a groundbreaking development in her case.

According to multiple reports, police are currently searching a garden in the German city of Hanover in connection with a suspect they’re investigating as part of the disappearance of McCann.

Footage shows police using an excavator to dig, as well as rakes and shovels to clear the land, however there has been no confirmation as to what authorities are specifically looking for.

“The operation is occurring in conjunction with our investigation into murder by the 43-year-old suspect,” a spokeswoman for state prosecutors in Braunschweig told German media.

Earlier last month, German authorities said they have “some evidence” that McCann is dead and announced they were investigating convicted sex offender Christian Brückner in connection with her disappearance.

Brücker is currently serving a seven-prison sentence for a sex crime and according to reports had a “vile and disgusting” shack about 3km from where the McCann family was staying in Praia da Luz.

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Reports also state that after McCann’s disappearance, investigators claimed to have found a mobile phone in the area around her hotel room which was allegedly used by Bruckner.

In an interview with 60 Minutes, Prosecutor Christian Wolters said, “we don’t have the body and no parts of the body, but we have enough evidence to say our suspect killed Madeleine McCann,” adding that authorities knew of her death about two years ago.

Whether police find anything in the garden they’re investigating, it’s heartbreaking to know that Madeleine McCann is presumed dead by authorities. We can only hope this development sheds light on other crimes committed against innocent children.

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Are These YouTuber Apologies For Partying Amidst The Pandemic Too Late?

"I need to be a better example."

If you’ve got millions of YouTube subscribers and just as many followers on social media, partying amidst a global pandemic is probably not the right move. However, it’s a lesson learned for James Charles and other YouTubers who have apologised for attending a huge influencer party during COVID-19 restrictions.

Last weekend, Charles along with fellow YouTuber Tana Mongeau and other social media personalities were slammed for attending a party at the TikTok Hype House in the Hollywood Hills.

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Veteran YouTuber Tyler Oakley was among the first to call out his peers, tweeting, “if your favourite influencers are at huge house parties during a pandemic (& you are dumb enough to post it on social media)…they are bad influencers.”

In another tweet, Oakley individually tagged the influencers and wrote, “please consider social distancing, mask-wearing, & using your platforms to encourage responsibility during a worldwide pandemic.”

Despite Tyler Oakley’s words of warning, Mongeau continued attending huge parties. In fact, in Mongeau’s Instagram story from a party over the weekend, fellow YouTuber Erika Costell is heard saying “listen, we don’t f*cking care.”

It’s been five days since Mongeau and her mates were called out by Oakley but they’ve only just issued an apology.

“Partying/going to any social gatherings during a global pandemic was such a careless and irresponsible action on my behalf,” Mongeau wrote in an Instagram statement. “I fully hold myself accountable for this and will be staying inside.”

“Actions like that don’t deserve a platform and I want to fully apologise and be better than this. I’m sorry,” she wrote. Mongeau also added that Erika Costell’s comment in her Instagram story was “referring to past drama”.

Credit: @tanamongeau Instagram

James Charles has also apologised for attending the Hype House party, telling his subscribers, “even though I have been wearing a mask in public and have tested negative multiple times, going to a party during a pandemic was a selfish and stupid decision.”

“People’s safety and keeping COVID-19 contained is FAR more important than celebrating a [friend’s] birthday and unsafe partying is not something I want to promote to my audience,” he said.

Credit: YouTube

It’s good to see these influencers realise the power of their platform and the responsibility that comes with having millions of followers, but are these apologies too little, too late?

There have been 466,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California – the numbers don’t lie.

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