Grieving family members of a little Queensland girl who tragically died when her mother tripped and fell after she was attacked by a magpie have been denied a Covid-19 exemption.
The little girl’s aunts, who live interstate, will not be allowed to travel to Queensland for her funeral unless they quarantine for two weeks in a hotel, after being denied an exemption.
Just yesterday, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Jeannette Young, told reporters health authorities were working with their NSW counterparts to track down the extended family and get them across the border. Dr Young said she’d already received an exemption request from the family and “of course” they would be let in, but that officials would need to work through what type of quarantine might need to be in place.
On Thursday, however, Dr Young said the girl’s immediate family members lived in hot spots.
“They are significant hot spots,” she said.
“You’ve just heard me go through how many people were still testing positive day 10 or 11. What if these people test positive day 10 or 11 and the funeral was day eight?
“It’s really sad. I cannot imagine the distress and the awfulness of it.”
Camera IconMia sadly died in hospital. Credit: Supplied
Dr Young described the situation as “awful” and “absolutely tragic”.
“But I can’t make it even more tragic by having someone go to a funeral and spread the virus at that funeral,” she said.
“It’s awful. It’s a terrible situation.”
Camera IconQueensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young described it as an “absolute tragedy”. Dan Peled / NCA NewsWire Credit: News Corp Australia
Five-month-old Mia died after she was rushed to hospital on Sunday with critical injuries after her mother was attacked by a vicious magpie and fell while holding her.
The tragic incident happened at Glindemann Park near the corner of Lawn and Steele streets, Holland Park West.
Her aunts Katie, Sophie, Claudia and Steph – who are sisters of Mia’s parents, Jacob and Simone – started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for their niece's funeral.
In the campaign description the women explained they were “trying their absolute best to get an exemption to cross the Queensland border so we can be there to support our family”.
Camera IconLocals have paid tribute to little Mia. Credit: Supplied
Sophie told NCA NewsWire on Tuesday that Mia’s parents were “absolutely devastated” and the entire family was ”grieving deeply”.
“In honour of our beautiful little angel and her amazing parents we would appreciate this go fund me page being shared with the community,” she said.
The magpie had reportedly been aggressive in recent weeks and questions had been raised as to why Brisbane City Council did not have it removed earlier.
Council has erected several warning signs of magpie swooping in the area, while residents have laid flowers at the site.
Queensland’s Department of Health has been contacted for comment.Internet Explorer Channel Network