‘We’re not going to survive’: Aussie couple staying in quarantine at Covid cluster hotel responds to news they still have to isolate for 14 days despite being just an hour away from freedom
- A couple is in the final hours of quarantine when they were told to stay for another two weeks
- Geoff and Karen Crooks had to stay at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane
- The couple’s quarantine was extended because an infectious British strain was detected
A couple only an hour from their release from a hotel quarantine had to isolate in a cramped room for another 14 days.
Geoff and Karen Crooks were in the final hours of their mandatory quarantine at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane when they were told to stay in another hotel for two more weeks.
The hotel was closed when six people connected to the quarantine facility tested positive for the more contagious strain of coronavirus in the UK.
Geoff and Karen Crooks (pictured) were in the last hour of hotel quarantine when they were told to stay for another two weeks
The couple are now undergoing compulsory quarantine for two more weeks at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane (photo)
Mr Crooks, who missed his brother’s funeral on Thursday due to the changes, said he and his wife are not being adequately cared for by the health authorities or the prime minister.
The couple were moved to another room in a new hotel that is even smaller than their previous one and does not have access to fresh air.
“We won’t survive in this room for the next 14 days,” Crooks told A Current Affair Thursday night.
‘We’re not an anti-quarantine … we understand we need to do this, but we thought we’d gotten a slightly better room after 14 days, possibly with a balcony.
“These rooms are designed for stays of one or two nights, not two weeks or four weeks.”
Mr. Crooks said they had no luck contacting the hotel reception or other authorities responsible for hotel quarantine.
“If they’re going to put us in these rooms, take care of us, have a little empathy, and just understand what problems we have,” he said.
“I very much doubt that the Queensland Prime Minister has spoken at all to anyone who has been quarantined and knows exactly under what circumstances to stay. This room is ten paces wide. ‘
The Crooks had no luck getting an upgraded room with a balcony and instead moved to a smaller room (photo: stock photo of guests sitting on balconies at the Grand Chanellor Hotel during mandatory quarantine)
Health officials called to Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane (pictured) after more contagious UK coronavirus strain discovered
The couple was due to leave the hotel at midnight on Wednesday, but at 11 p.m. there was a knock on the door by a police officer who delivered the crushing news.
“It was tough, really tough,” said Mrs. Crooks. “We just couldn’t believe it.”
Mr. Crooks returned five negative Covid tests in the past 20 days, including one in the US before leaving for Australia.
The couple wondered why Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk did not act sooner in containing the mutated species.
Queensland police (pictured) informed the couple an hour before their first round of quarantine was completed that they had to restart the process (photo: QLD police outside the Grand Chancellor Hotel)
‘It was three levels above us, we knew about it six days before. Why wasn’t something done then? ”Said Mr. Crooks.
‘We were willing to do quarantine, we knew all about it, we did our homework, that’s part of the deal. (But) it’s about doing it again and making sure the facility was better than last time, have some compassion, ” said Mr. Crooks.
The desperate couple begged the prime minister to call them right away if she happened to watch their interview.