Brit woman, 36, with coronavirus blasted for defying quarantine and flying to tourist hot spot putting scores at risk

A BRIT tourist diagnosed with coronavirus has been blasted after defying orders to self isolate and flying to an island paradise instead.

The 36-year-old woman was placed in lockdown at Mackay Base Hospital in Queensland after authorities found her relaxing on a beach in Australia.

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 The woman defied self-isolation orders and flew to Hamilton Island from Sydney

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The woman defied self-isolation orders and flew to Hamilton Island from SydneyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

It’s reported she had been in Australia for around a week when she tested positive for the deadly virus in Sydney.

But rather than going into isolation the tourist headed to stunning Hamilton Island, reports the Courier Mail.

When medics in New South Wales found out they contacted their counterparts in Queensland who tracked the woman down to a beach on Sunday.

She is understood to have told health officials that she did not understand their instructions to self isolate.

A Hamilton Island spokeswoman insisted there was no risk to guests or staff on the island.

Why is Hamilton Island so popular?

Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most desirable holiday destinations.

It is famous for its white beaches, blue waters and abundance of marine life.

The island is the largest in the Whitsundays, an archipelago off the Queensland coast.

It has a population of just over 1,000 – but many more visit every year.

It is a convenient base from which to explore nearby Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef and the Great Barrier Reef.

“Hamilton Island can confirm that an international visitor who arrived on the island has returned a positive result to COVID-19,” the spokeswoman said.

“Hamilton Island would like to stress that the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff on the island is of utmost priority.

“We would like to remind anyone travelling to the island about the importance of strictly following the advice of the Government and health authorities during this uncertain time.”

People tested for coronavirus in Australia are asked to self-isolate until their results are returned.

Patients who have tested positive but who are not sick enough for hospital are told to home quarantine for 14 days.

Queensland recorded its first death from coronavirus on Sunday after a woman, 77, died after arriving in Sydney on a flight.  That brings Australia’s coronavirus death toll to five.

Meanwhile it’s been claimed two existing drugs could “cure” coronavirus as patients respond well to treatment.

Scientists in Australia say that drugs normally used to treat malaria and HIV have been shown to wipe out the virus in test tubes.

The team from the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research hope to have patients enrolled in a nationwide trial by the end of the month.

 

Professor David Paterson, who led the research, told news.com.au one of the medications, given to some of the first people to test positive for Covid-19 in Australia, had already resulted in “disappearance of the virus.”

Prof Paterson, who is also an infectious disease physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, said it wasn’t a stretch to label the drugs “a treatment or a cure”.

“It’s a potentially effective treatment,” he said.

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Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11188584/brit-woman-flew-island-coronavirus/

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