Woman sets Covid quarantine hotel on fire — Analysis
A Queensland woman, who allegedly set fire at a hotel that she shared with her two children was forced to stay in quarantine for 2 weeks after being charged with arson.
The blaze engulfed the top floor of the Pacific Hotel Cairns on Sunday morning, forcing an evacuation of more than 160 ‘guests’.
Australia: A 31-year-old mother of two is in custody & facing arson charges after she lit a fire underneath a bed of a Covid-19 quarantine hotel room in Cairns where she had been staying with 2 children forcing the entire building to be evacuated.No one was injured in the fire. pic.twitter.com/TIrJNAa4Wl
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The building sustained some damage, although there were no injuries. “significant”officials were forced to transfer people to Covid-19-containing facilities.
Authorities said a 31-year-old woman lit a fire underneath her bed, after spending only a “couple of days”After crossing from another state, she was required to be in quarantine for two weeks inside the hotel. She was also reported to have caused some other problems during her stay.
The two young children were placed under police guard, while the mother was arrested for arson and willful destruction. She was scheduled to appear at court Monday.
Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic Australia has recorded just around 2,000 deaths as it resorted to some of the world’s most draconian lockdown and quarantine measures, affecting not only international but also interstate travel, in a bid to keep the infections as low as possible until the majority of the population is vaccinated.
As the country prepared to open its borders to students and skilled migrants on December 1, the first Omicron coronavirus cases were discovered in travellers from south Africa. This could have thrown off the plans.