Yep, complete balls up. Just reporting what is happening.
You are correct, Melton has over reacted, but that is the type of story journalists are after. I suspect Penberthy has been watching too much Fox network on cable. Melton clearly is unhappy with those who, after being diagnosed with coronavirus and then agreeing to be placed into quarantine at the resort, did a runner.
Probably learn more details about these events in coming days.
Don’t know why some of the group did a runner, probably panicked in a strange place. If you look at my Sunday 9PM update, you see that four of the group were taken under police escort to hospital. Cannot say for sure but may have been the runners. Makes sense. A long way from Barossa to Sydney, even for us mob. They don’t appear to have made it to Sydney. All will be receiving world’s best medical care regardless of insurance or not.
All the same a damn nuisance having a lock down at start of the grape harvest, but it will get done. So far 34, confirmed cases in the Barossa have been traced to these two groups.
Vic, as you know we do not walk around armed, so no chance of a vigilante retribution. Not our culture and our politicians are not beating it up in the media. In fact, they seem to be smoothing it over. Not yet on breakfast TV, but probably not too far away.
It appears that both groups were on the Ruby Princes ship that was permitted to berth in Sydney and disembark passengers. No idea why it was allowed. There are several inquiries under way to find out why passengers were disembarked. Breakfast TV has given it a good airing. Complete and utter balls up.
The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that there are 8 cruise ships off the east coast with crew members still on board asking for permission to dock and lay up. Interesting to see what happens.
Meanwhile on the other side of the continent, a German-owned cruise ship Artania, was granted docking rights on humanitarian grounds and is refusing to leave Fremantle port, and has asked to remain until mid-April.
The state government wants the immediate departure of the ship, which arrived on March 25 and has since had 41 passengers and crew transferred to Perth hospitals with coronavirus. Several passengers remain in critical condition in ICU. The other 800 passengers were flown home to Frankfurt earlier this week.
It appears that the USA group disembarked morning of 14th March, flew to Adelaide for wedding that day and sought medical attention two days later. Firstly, the ship should have been denied docking and they would have missed the wedding. End of issue. It seems reasonable to conclude, though not conclusive, that those seeking medical attention would have been aware of their condition at time of disembarking. Reason to continue is self-evident. In time we should hear from the wedding venue as to what occurred.