A man stuck in hotel quarantine in New South Wales has finally been granted an exemption by Queensland Health to see his dying father in a Gold Coast hospital.
Mark Kilian and his wife Anneli Gericke have been holed up inside their Sydney hotel room after being given an exemption by Border Force to fly to Australia from the US.
Despite both being fully vaccinated and testing negative to COVID four times, the couple has continually been denied entry into the sunshine state to see Mr Kilian’s father Frans, who is dying from pancreatic cancer in Robina Hospital.
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But after gaining nationwide attraction on Wednesday, Queensland Health relented to pressure and confirmed in a statement at 6.55pm last night that their wish had been granted.
“We have issued an exemption to Mark Kilian and his partner, subject to NSW finalising arrangement of safe transfer of the couple to Queensland,” Queensland Health said.
“All quarantine exemption requests are considered on a case-by-case basis, in line with current national guidelines.
“It has been a nationally agreed position that all international arrivals must complete 14 days of quarantine in their port of arrival.
“Queensland’s approach has been in accordance with this national position.
“Queensland will follow any agreed changes to national guidelines.”
It’s understood Mark and his wife are now awaiting test results on another COVID test, which are due to come back at around 10.00am this morning.
If negative, the couple will fly out in full protective gear on a private charter, which will touch down at the Gold Coast Airport this afternoon.
Mr Kilian said he is “very grateful” to have been given the exemption, and couldn’t wait to tell his father when he found out.