NO FOOD, NO CONTACT: Woman locked in hotel

A woman forced into quarantine after returning from Melbourne said she hasn't eaten and is yet to be tested for coronavirus.

Mount Low resident Lee Develyn is also concerned other passengers on board the flight were released straight into the community, one to attend a funeral.

The 53-year-old flew to Geelong last week after her daughter was admitted to hospital, and came back to Townsville earlier than planned on Tuesday as outbreaks increased and a state lockdown loomed.

Colin Drayton's fiance Lee Develyn has been placed into qurantine lockdown at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Picture: Alix Sweeney
Colin Drayton's fiance Lee Develyn has been placed into qurantine lockdown at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Picture: Alix Sweeney

Ms Develyn landed about 5.40pm and was handed a quarantine notice charging her $2800 for her stay at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville, before being loaded into the back of a paddy wagon and taken there by police hours later.

"I felt like a criminal … he (police officer) just opened it and I said, 'do I need to put my luggage in there', he goes unfortunately you need to get in there," she said.

"When he locked it and I heard the click of the key and the chain … I had no seatbelt in there, nothing to hold on to.

"The stench was overwhelming of urine and the stains on the walls, it wasn't cleaned out because there was gravel from someone else's shoes on the floor.

"When he got out and walked me up to the hotel and I saw my fiancé I just lost all composure."

Ms Develyn said she hadn't been contacted by Queensland Health for a COVID-19 test or by hotel staff.

Colin Drayton. Picture: Alix Sweeney
Colin Drayton. Picture: Alix Sweeney

"I haven't had anyone come and see me, so I've been completely isolated, I haven't had a phone call from anybody," she said.

"I haven't had anything to eat all day."

Ms Develyn said there were 10 people on her flight, with a boy from Melbourne granted an exemption for a funeral and allowed to be in the community without being quarantined first.

"How is that possible when we all came from Melbourne? We all should have been given mandatory quarantine," she said.

"I don't understand why that is still allowable."

Her fiancé Colin Drayton said before his partner was "marched" by two police officers one turned to her and allegedly said "this is your fault, you chose to travel, and if I had my way none of you would be allowed back in".

He later went to the Townsville Police Station to complain about her treatment.

Victoria has recorded another 134 new infections as the state reimposes stage three restrictions metropolitan Melbourne and some regions to bring the surge under control.

Queensland Health has been contacted for comment.

The Queensland Police Service has been contacted for comment.

Originally published as NO FOOD, NO CONTACT: Woman locked in hotel


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