CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government has ramped up pressure on a state government to relax pandemic border restrictions after a woman was refused permission to attend her father’s funeral on Thursday and a dying dad was told he was only allowed to be visited by one of his four children.
Sarah Caisip, 26, was refused permission to go to her father’s funeral because she was forced to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine in the Queensland state capital of Brisbane in case she brought COVID-19 from her home in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory.
Mark Keans, 39, is dying of cancer in a Brisbane hospital and has been told by Queensland health authorities that his family would have to choose which one of of his four children who live across the border in New South Wales can visit him, his sister Tamara Langborne said.
The Australian government has been critical of states for damaging the national economy and causing unnecessary heartache by imposing border restrictions to keep coronavirus out.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison phoned Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to plead for Caisip to be allowed out of quarantine to attend her father’s funeral.