The black woman who brought COVID-19 to Queensland cops racist abuse

‘Black Lives Matter… but not yours’: Woman at centre of new Queensland coronavirus outbreak after ‘sneaking in’ from Melbourne is hit with racist and sexist abuse – as her friend breaks her silence on the outrage

  • Diana Lasu, 21, is being inundated with racist and sexist abuse on social media 
  • Lasu and Olivia Winnie Muranga, became infamous for bringing Covid to QLD
  • The pair are accused of lying on their border declarations to avoid isolation  
  • Lasu shared the vile attacks she is receiving since being named and shamed 
  • A third woman caught in the scandal has also broken her silence over the furore  
  • Do you know more? Email: tips@dailymail.com 

A black woman is copping a torrent of racist and sexist abuse on social media after bringing coronavirus to Queensland. 

Diana Lasu, 21, Olivia Winnie Muranga, 19, and Haja Timbo, 21, are accused of lying on their border declarations about where they had been when they arrived in Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21. 

Days later they felt sick but carried on working, socialising and visiting restaurants and cocktail bars while waiting for their test results – which came back positive. 

As Lasu faces criminal charges of fraud and deception the 21-year-old is also enduring personal attacks on all fronts including disgusting insults on Instagram.  

An account under Lasu’s name has been sharing some of the comments streaming in from complete strangers including death threats and attacks over the colour of her skin.

Diana Lasu, 21, (picture) is one of the young women who allegedly lied on border declarations after touching down in Brisbane on July 21 from a trip from Melbourne via Sydney

Diana Lasu, 21, (picture) is one of the young women who allegedly lied on border declarations after touching down in Brisbane on July 21 from a trip from Melbourne via Sydney

‘Black lives matter, but not yours,’ one comments reads.  

‘You dumb, ugly sl**. Way to f*** it up for Queensland. Everyone hates you, do everyone a favour and drink some bleach,’ another reads.

‘Hope you get deported to where you came from.’

Some devolve into racist name-calling and attacks on her physical appearance including references to potential cosmetic surgery she may have received.

‘Your lips are bigger than your ego, you selfish b****’

‘Looks like your botox injection penetrated into your tiny brain.’ 

An account under Lasu's name has been sharing some of the comments (pictured) streaming in from complete strangers including death threats and attacks over the colour of her skin

An account under Lasu’s name has been sharing some of the comments (pictured) streaming in from complete strangers including death threats and attacks over the colour of her skin

Some devolve into racist name-calling and attacks on her physical appearance including references to potential cosmetic surgery she may have received

Some devolve into racist name-calling and attacks on her physical appearance including references to potential cosmetic surgery she may have received

People have been hurling personal attacks her way about her appearance

People have been hurling personal attacks her way about her appearance

Others told her she deserved to die

Others told her she deserved to die

The stream of abuse was in the form of more than 20 messages posted over a period of 24 hours. Daily Mail Australia has contacted Lasu for comment. 

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll condemned the public behaviour surrounding the women during a media  briefing on Friday morning. 

‘We have seen community members making comments about certain cultural groups and ethnicities. This is not productive at all,’ she said.

Lasu received more than 20 messages in 24 hours after she was named as an accused quarantine dodger

Lasu received more than 20 messages in 24 hours after she was named as an accused quarantine dodger 

Olivia Winnie Muranga 19, (pictured)  allegedly lied on her border declarations about where she had been when she arrived in Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21

Haja Timbo, 21  (pictured) was identified as the third woman, who allegedly provided misleading documents at the Queensland border after visiting Melbourne

Olivia Winnie Muranga (left), 19 and Haja Timbo, 21 allegedly and lied on their border declarations about where they had been when they arrived in Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21

Meanwhile Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll  (pictured) condemned racist comments about the women

Meanwhile Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll  (pictured) condemned racist comments about the women

‘People doing the wrong thing come from all walks of life, backgrounds and community groups.

‘So it is important especially in these times that community groups actually come together rather than fracture.’

Meanwhile the third woman who was said to be travelling with the pair was identified earlier on Friday as  21-year-old Haja Timbo. 

Timbo was the first to speak publicly after being identified as the third woman involved in the alleged COVID-19 health breach. 

She denied media reports surrounding the incident but wouldn’t clarify what actually happened.   

‘No, but half of the things that are in the media aren’t true, so what can you do,’ she told the Courier Mail.

‘I want everything to be confidential. I don’t want to be in the media or my friends to be in the media.’

The trio have been charged with one count each of providing false or misleading documents and fraud over their alleged lies to authorities when they arrived in Brisbane.  

Lasu’s mother earlier denied her daughter did anything wrong, instead pointing the blame at Muranga. 

‘She didn’t go to Melbourne, she went to Sydney,’ she told Nine News on Thursday. 

‘I don’t have any apologies for anyone – believe me.’ 

The mother, who is in hotel quarantine as a close contact, said her daughter’s friend had been in Melbourne. 

‘If you know, yourself, you have the virus – why didn’t you directly go to the doctor?’ she said, referring to Muranga. 

Lasu and Muranga remain in Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital under police guard, partly for their own protection.    

Meanwhile, footage has emerged showing Muranga casually ordering a drink at the Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar on Brisbane’s Southbank with a friend in the hours after she was tested for the virus on Monday. 

The venue is one of 11 visited by the women while infectious. 

The defiant mother of Diana Lasu (pictured) has sensationally claimed her daughter never travelled to Melbourne

Pictured: Olivia Winnie Muranga

The defiant mother of Diana Lasu (left) has sensationally claimed her daughter never travelled to Melbourne and instead pointed the blame at Muranga (right)

Muranga (pictured) had allegedly gone to work for two days at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, before calling in sick

Muranga (pictured) had allegedly gone to work for two days at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, before calling in sick

INFECTED WOMEN’S ALLEGED ITINERARY 

July 21 – Olivia Winnie Muranga flies into Brisbane from Melbourne via Sydney on July 21 with Diana Lasu and an unidentified friend

July 24 – Muranga, a cleaner, allegedly calls in sick to Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, south of Brisbane after going to work for two days

July 25 – Muranga goes to the doctor and is told to get tested

July 27 – She finally gets tested, but is spotted getting a drink with a friend within hours at the Cowch dessert cocktail bar on Brisbane’s Southbank 

July 27-29 – Muranga is allegedly active in the community again 

July 29 – Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces two women who allegedly lied on their declaration forms to enter the state have tested positive for COVID-19

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young called the pair ‘reckless’ and said she was ‘very disappointed’. 

July 30 – Three women are charged with one count each of providing false or misleading documents and fraud 

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‘Two cocktails hardly seems worth all this pain,’ Arif Mendes, who owns a restaurant Muranga visited, told A Current Affair.

‘People say we’re in this together… well clearly not for some people, that’s disappointing.’ 

Before that, Muranga had allegedly gone to work for two days at Parklands Christian College in Park Ridge, south of the city before calling in sick.

She went to the doctor on Saturday and was told to get tested immediately, but she allegedly waited until Monday to do so. 

As long lines of worried people waited on Thursday to get tested at a pop-up clinic set up at the college, Muranga’s brother admitted her alleged actions were a ‘mistake’, but claimed she had been unfairly targeted because of her race.

He said his sister waited several days in between experiencing symptoms and getting sick.

‘Some days she couldn’t even breathe out of her airways and s**t,’ he told the program via telephone. 

When told dozens of people could now be infected because of her alleged actions, the brother said it ‘was not something we sat down and thought about’.

He then claimed the criticism his sister was receiving had been intensified because of the colour of her skin. 

‘It’s a f***ing mistake,’ he said. ‘I reckon if someone else did this that wasn’t of colour, you’ll be protecting them – you wouldn’t be doing all of this s**t.’  

Queensland Police on Thursday afternoon said three women had been charged for allegedly providing false information on their border declarations.

A 19-year-old Heritage Park woman, a 21-year-old Acacia Ridge woman and a 21-year-old Algester woman were all charged with one count each of providing false or misleading documents and fraud.  

Medical workers evacuate a resident from the Epping Gardens aged care facility in Melbourne on Thursday

Medical workers evacuate a resident from the Epping Gardens aged care facility in Melbourne on Thursday 

Footage has emerged of Muranga casually entering the Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar on Brisbane's Southbank with a friend (pictured) and ordering a drink

The bar is one of 11 visited by the three women while infectious.

Footage has emerged of Muranga casually entering the Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar on Brisbane’s Southbank with a friend and ordering a drink

The women could be fined $13,345 or sent to jail for a maximum of five years. 

Police said the trio are now cooperating with officers and Queensland Health officials.

The women will appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 28. 

The 11 Queensland locations visited by infected pair

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

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