She tested positive and died in hospital 10 days later – but her grieving husband claims that didn’t stop Australia’s health department badgering her to stay in quarantine.
Karla Lake, 75, was celebrating her birthday on board the Ruby Princess cruise ship when she caught the deadly bug.
Karla Lake, 75, tested positive after a cruise and died in hospital 10 days later – but that didn’t stop Australia’s health department badgering her to stay in quarantine, according to her grieving husband
“In the end I did tell them where to go because Karla had passed away.
Bungling health officials told a gran to self-isolate two days after she died of coronavirus, it has been claimed.
“Two days later, they rang me up and asked were we still isolating.
Husband Graeme said: “NSW Health (The New South Wales Ministry of Health) rang me probably half a dozen times.
The special commission into the handling of the crisis heard from fellow passenger Anthony Londero, one of the first passengers to experience symptoms.
“They obviously weren’t up to date with anything so I just told them: ‘Don’t waste my time’.”
He said: “She said ‘I don’t believe you have the coronavirus’ but when the flu swab came back negative she said… ‘I don’t think they’re going to be happy with us’ because it wasn’t the flu.”
He told how the cruise ship’s nurse tested him for coronavirus on board.
“We spent all of our time with our friends … and they never contracted the disease.
Mr Londero revealed his pals avoided contracting the disease despite spending ages in close
“We did everything with them — we ate together, [we]thought it had come through the air conditioning.
The inquiry continues.
“They were in the cabin right beside ours.”