The mother of two movers from south-west Sydney who tested positive for Covid while on the job has reportedly been found dead in her home.
Emergency services found the woman dead at Thursday Place’s Green Valley home while she was conducting a welfare check at 9:15 a.m. Monday.
She is believed to have also suffered from Covid at the time of her death, making her the fifth person in New South Wales to die from the outbreak of the Delta variant that has infected 1,340 people so far.
Her sons, Roni and Ramsin Shawka, 27, were identified along with Maryo Shanki, 21, and a fourth man, 49, as the movers who traveled to regional NSW while infected with Covid.
All family members who were in the house were escorted outside and asked to wait in their cars to “quarantine” while first responders cleared the property.
White vans drive through the streets and authorities with personal protective equipment saw coming and going on Monday afternoon.
A relative of two Covid-positive movers from Sydney’s southwest has reportedly been found dead in her home
Roni Shawka, 27, (pictured with partner) says he didn’t know he had Covid when he and a team of movers drove to regional NSW
Officers were called to the address Monday morning to conduct a health check on the woman
Officers were called to the address Monday morning to conduct a health check on the woman.
Following the grim discovery, residents of nearby homes were reportedly told that the entire street has been placed under “harsh closure” as the investigation into the death continues.
Daily Mail Australia understands that locals have been told that further guidance from NSW Health is imminent.
The four-man movers were already in Orange when NSW Health called to inform Roni that he had tested positive for the highly contagious Indian Delta strain.
Police allege the crew continued to drive to Molong, further west, to complete their delivery before being escorted home by police after two more of the men tested positive.
The twins and Shanki have now been charged with violating public health regulations and will appear in Orange Local Court on August 30.
But Roni, who moved to Australia from Iraq, says it’s not their fault and he didn’t know he was Covid positive.
Emergency services were called Monday afternoon to an address in Thursday Place in Green Valley where they found the woman, who is believed to be in her fifties.
Ramsin Shawka, 27, (pictured with partner) was also part of the movers team and has since tested positive
“Of course I feel very bad, I feel very bad for what I’ve done, but it’s not my fault. I was driving and he called me from the health department, he told me to stop working and go home, I was already in Orange,” Roni Shawka told the Daily Telegram.
“I gave them my boss’s number, I told them my language isn’t that good. I didn’t kill anyone… I was doing my job, I swear to god I didn’t know I was positive.”
The men each face a $11,000 fine and up to six months in prison.
The movers, who work as outside contractors for a large company in western Sydney, drove to Figtree near Wollongong for a job on Thursday.
Their employer Aram Yousif then told them to get tested for Covid-19 under new restrictions put in place by the NSW government.
The new measures require ‘essential workers’ from Fairfield, Liverpool and the Canterbury-Bankstown areas to undergo regular tests if they want to leave their local government areas – now the epicenter of the Sydney outbreak, which has risen to 1,242 infections.
After undergoing tests under these rules, workers are only required to isolate themselves if they have symptoms, something all men say they have not experienced.
After taking their exams, the movers left Sydney at 4am the next day, driving on the M4 from West Hoxton to Molong, stopping at South Bowenfels and Orange.
The map shows where the men traveled while they were infected with the corona virus
At 9:36am, Roni Shawka’s phone rang, but as the language barrier presented a challenge, he told the NSW Health employee to contact his boss, Mr Yousif.
Mr. Yousif got the call instructing him to tell Roni to isolate himself in the cab of their moving van.
He claims that there was no mention of what to do with the other men, who showed no symptoms.
“These guys didn’t break any rules. We just followed the instructions, we didn’t do anything wrong by the public… but whatever a court decides, we will accept,” he said.
Shortly after leaving the track in regional NSW, Ramsin Shawka and Maryo Shanki also returned with positive tests.
At this point, NSW Health ordered a police escort to lead the group back to western Sydney.
Roni Shawka and Ramsin Shawka (pictured with family) moved to Australia from Iraq and live in western Sydney