Daughter who flew to Perth to say goodbye to dying mother was held without water for seven hours while mother died alone after WA introduced radical new boundary rules on her flight
- Jackie made the emergency trip from Brisbane to Perth on Friday to see her mother
- Rules changed mid-flight, forcing her to isolate herself before entering the community
- WA Health Minister Roger Cook apologized for ‘any inconvenience’
A woman who flew to Perth to see her dying mother was denied the opportunity to say goodbye after boundary rules were changed during her flight.
Jackie made the emergency trip from Brisbane to Western Australia on Friday to make sure her ailing mother didn’t die alone.
While on the air, the WA government reintroduced boundary rules requiring all passengers in Queensland arriving before midnight to isolate for 14 days.
The radical decision was made after a highly contagious strain of coronavirus was detected in the Greater Brisbane region.
Pictured: Passengers wearing personal protective equipment will arrive at Perth Airport from Brisbane on January 8, before the border was closed
Jackie was held at Perth airport for seven hours without food or water. Pictured: A young couple leaves a Covid-19 testing center in Perth on January 8
Upon arrival, Jackie was taken to a room at Perth Airport, where she was held without food or water for seven hours.
Her mother died at that time.
Health Minister Roger Cook said police had not been informed of Jackie’s situation and apologized for “any inconvenience” caused as a result of the rapid rule change.
“The situation in Queensland was that we had a possible outbreak of the new British variant of the disease, we didn’t know how that would behave,” he told Perth Radio. 6PR on Wednesday.
“We had to act quickly and decisively, and we have done so a number of times to ensure that we address the potential risks to Western Australia from the disease.”
Health Minister Roger Cook said police had not been informed of Jackie’s situation and apologized for ‘any inconvenience’ caused as a result of the rapid rule change.
Mr Cook said there were three flights from Brisbane that day and long delays at the airport while passengers were being processed.
He also acknowledged the “very sad” and “difficult” situation, but reiterated that in WA there has been no community transfer for nine months.
“That’s because tough decisions have been made,” he said.
Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson confirmed that the rules will remain in effect for at least two weeks.
WA has also closed its border to residents of NSW and Victoria.