Three Covid-19 positive removalists who travelled to western NSW say they are not to blame for potentially spreading the virus across the state, despite being attacked by the government.
Iraqi immigrants Roni and Ramsin Shawka, 27, and Maryo Shanki, 21, were in the middle of a delivery at Orange, in the state’s west, on Friday morning, when NSW Health called to say one had tested positive.
However, police allege the trio and a colleague continued into Molong – 30 minutes away – to finish the delivery.
NSW Police have charged the Shawka twins and Shanki with failing to comply with the public health orders, while the fourth member of their team has tested negative to the virus.
The trio will face court on August 30, but Roni Shawka told the Daily Telegraph it was not his “fault” – while the business owner who hired them blamed the language barrier for the miscommunication.
Shawka said he gave NSW Health the number for his boss because his English wasn’t very good.
“Of course I feel very bad, I feel very bad for what I [have] done, but it’s not my fault …” Shawka said.
Police said the men, who were working as removalists, had travelled from West Hoxton to Figtree, before travelling to Molong, stopping in regional areas including South Bowenfels and Orange along the way.
It will be alleged three of the men travelled to Molong after being notified they had tested positive to COVID-19.