Heartbroken daughter stuck in hotel quarantine refused chance to see dying mum

Andrea McCourt has been denied the chance to visit her dying mum one last time

Andrea McCourt is terrified she will not be able to see her mother one last time after Australian authorities reversed a decision to let her leave quarantine for the visit

Andrea McCourt has been denied the chance to visit her dying mum one last time

A heartbroken daughter stuck in hotel quarantine has been barred from visiting her dying mum due to tough Covid rules.

Andrea McCourt is terrified she may not be able to see her mother one last time because of restrictions in Australia.

She flew from Texas to Perth on December 28 and was sent to a hotel to quarantine, where a security guard tested positive over the weekend.

Although Ms McCourt had permission to visit her mum from the Australian authorities, just 34 minutes before the scheduled visit this exemption was reversed.

The email said: “I sincerely regret to inform you that following thoughtful consideration, the WA Health Incident Controller has this morning withdrawn support for today’s visit due to increasing concerns regarding the public health risk associated with your visitation request.






Ms McCourt’s husband Andrew said he and his wife fear his mother-in-law “could die at any moment”

“Please know that we are endeavouring to navigate this complex environment and subject to further approval, will strive to reschedule the visit as soon as practicably possible, nonetheless regrettably we are unable to propose a future visitation date at this time or guarantee the same.”

Ms McCourt and her husband Mark, who joined her on the trip, are Australian citizens but live in Texas, US.

She said: “I don’t know what I’ll do if she passes before I see her.







The couple are quarantining in Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth
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“It just seemed like they (the authorities) were stringing us along. That, to me, was disgusting. I couldn’t call my mother to tell her.”

Mr McCourt said he and his wife feared his mother-in-law “could die at any moment”.

“She’s holding on to the hope that she can see Andrea one last time,” he added.

Australia only initially began to reopen its borders in November, almost 18 months after first closing them in March 2020.

Even then, the first phase only saw rules easing for immediate family members/parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents. Unvaccinated arrivals were still required to quarantine upon arrival.

The second phase had originally been planned to start on December 1 but this was delayed by two weeks due to concerns over Omicron which emerged at the time.

Anyone arriving into Australia will be required to have a negative Covid PCR test result taken within 72 hours of scheduled departure, as well as needing to complete a pre-travel declaration form.

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