A son in hotel quarantine in Sydney is waiting for the results of his final COVID-19 test after being cleared to travel to Queensland to see his dying father.
A quarantine exemption issued on Wednesday evening to Mark Kilian and his partner Anneli Gericke was conditional on “NSW finalising arrangement of safe transfer of the couple to Queensland”.
The couple have taken their final “exit” COVID test in NSW and expect to get their results at about 9am.
Pending a negative result, they will be transported in full personal protective equipment to Sydney airport to get on a charter plane due to leave for the Gold Coast around noon.
“It’ll be something I think we’ll all remember for the rest of our lives,” Mark told Nine Network on Thursday.
“We’re not going on a holiday or a cruise, we’re going for something that’s going to be very sad, but at least there’s a dignity to the way we can do it now.”
Father Frans Kilian, 80, is in hospital on the Gold Coast suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Before the exemption was granted, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had pledged authorities would work to facilitate a reunion as quickly as possible.
Again, this was conditional on NSW guaranteeing safe transport between states.
The decision on the quarantine exemption for the couple came after Frans pleaded with Queensland Health to show compassion.
“Every day that they are in that hotel is a day less that I have with my son and daughter-in-law in my last days,” he said in a video appeal from his hospital bed.
“I’m asking you, begging you actually, to let my son and his wife leave their quarantine to come here to be with me. It is my dying wish. Please.”
Meanwhile, Queensland has closed its borders to Greater Sydney and the surrounding regions of the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour in response to Sydney’s growing COVID-19 outbreak.