Australians quarantined during the coronavirus crisis on Christmas Island expressed relief, gratitude – and for some, the wish that they could have stayed a little longer – on their return home.
More than 200 people spent two weeks in the former detention center of the island awaiting the possibility of COVID-19.
They had been evacuated from Wuhan in the Chinese province of Hubei, the epicenter of the virus outbreak.
Australians quarantined during the coronavirus crisis on Christmas Island expressed relief and gratitude when they returned home with some saying they would have liked to stay a little longer
More than 200 people spent two weeks in the former detention center of the island awaiting the possibility of COVID-19
Some evacuees arrived in Sydney and Perth on Monday evening, while others were on their way to Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Melissa Wang, in Sydney, said she “felt so exhausted that it was a sort of relief.”
She said that her experience on the island was “very positive” and that she was “very surprised by the care of all the teams.”
“I was expecting a detention center, and it was, but I wasn’t expecting the warmth of the people,” Mrs. AAP said.
In Perth, 10-year-old Elizabeth Taylor told reporters that she enjoyed running around, being free and seeing all the crabs, but said there were also daily health checks.
“It was really good, I made new friends and really enjoyed it,” she said.
Elizabeth said she mainly played sports, including tennis, and didn’t have to do schoolwork.
Asked if she was happy that he was home, said Isabel Taylor, nine, “Yes and no at the same time … I want to stay another two weeks, but we are already here.”
Some evacuees hit Sydney and Perth on Monday night, while others were on their way to Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane
Many of the returning people have expressed gratitude to the Australian government
Mother Bing Bing Gao said she intended to go home and rest.
“I just want to thank our government very much,” she said.
Mrs. Gao said she also had a “really great time” on Christmas Island.
“I was a bit worried earlier, but once we got there, we were actually treated so well and they looked after us so well. I’m just so grateful, “she said.
“We actually wish we could have stayed a little longer. I didn’t want to come home. “
Mrs. Gao said she was never worried that she might have the virus because she was far from the city and was in an orchard.
She said leaving Wuhan would have been difficult and stressful because the city was blocked.
We actually wish we could have stayed a little longer. I didn’t want to come home, Aussie said
Mrs. Gao still has family in China.
“Of course I’m worried about them,” she said.
“We have such a large population in China, and I have to say, you have a good chance of getting the virus.”
In Sydney, Mel Pleno said that he and his wife and three children had been quarantined on the island after “a lot of uncertainty about our personal safety and well-being in Wuhan.”
“We are very grateful for the Australian government and their response to the situation, and charting an airplane for my family to come back,” Mr. Pleno told AAP.
“Although it wasn’t the ideal place to come to Christmas Island initially, we were well looked after.”
About 35 people have been left on the island for a new flight on Wednesday.
None of the people will be obliged to take further tests after they have arrived home because they were acquitted just before their departure from the island.
None of the people will be obliged to take further tests after they have returned home because they were acquitted just before their departure from the island
About 35 people have been left on Christmas Island for another flight on Wednesday