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Demonised removalists break their silence

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.

, Demonised removalists break their silence, The Nzuchi Times
Roni Shawka (L) and Ramsin (R)

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.

, Demonised removalists break their silence, The Nzuchi Times

It will be alleged three of the men travelled to Molong after being notified they had tested positive to COVID-19.

Police escorted all the men and their vehicles back to Greater Sydney where they have been instructed to isolate for 14-days.

The younger three men were issued Court Attendance Notices for not comply with noticed direction re section 7/8/9 – COVID-19.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott was troubled by this significant breach of the Public Health Orders.

“This thoughtless act has now placed our regional communities in NSW at the greatest risk so far with this pandemic,” Mr Elliott said.

“We know that the delta variant is highly transmissible, and it is unfathomable to think that, with all the public information and health warnings, people could so blatantly ignore the health orders.”

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