Woman infected with COVID-19 on a Aspen ski holiday attended a 21st birthday where six people were struck down with killer virus
- Melbourne woman contracted coronavirus while holidaying at resort in Aspen
- She attended a 21st birthday party when she returned to Melbourne early March
- At least six party guests have now been struck down with the deadly virus
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An Australian woman who was infected with coronavirus while on a ski holiday in Aspen returned home to attend a birthday party filled with wealthy guests.
At least six guests at the 21st birthday party, which was held in Melbourne on March 14, have now been struck down with the deadly illness.
Guests have been left fuming that the mother had attended the event filled with at least 80 people so soon after returning from the United States, where infection rates have reached more than 83,000.
When the woman returned to Australia she wasn’t showing any symptoms.
Her symptoms only developed on March 15 – the same day Scott Morrison announced all international arrivals into Australia would have to self-isolate for 14 days to slow the spread of the virus.
Party guests said the woman should’ve used ‘common sense’ and chosen to self-isolate upon her return, instead of attending the party.
An Australian woman infected with coronavirus returned home from a ski holiday in Aspen and attended a birthday party filled with wealthy guests
At least six guests at the 21st birthday party, which was held in Melbourne on March 14, have now been struck down with the deadly illness
Others said the government should’ve acted sooner to slow the spread of the virus.
‘These are wealthy, educated people and you just expect them to do the right thing and not take outrageous risk with other people’s health,’ one person told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Once the woman discovered she had tested positive for the illness her son alerted some friends who had attended the party.
But others did not know they were at risk of carrying the virus for at least a week.
‘Lads. A message from my mum. ”This is not something I wanted to tell you, but I have tested positive to COVID-19. I developed symptoms early Sunday morning (March 15). I am really very sorry for the implications, but it is important so you take the necessary precautions. Sadly we arrived on the Friday (March 13) not this Monday (March 16 when there is a whole different protocol in place)”,’ her son’s message read.
The woman is believed to be part of the group of wealthy Australians who brought the virus into the ski resort in Aspen, Colorado, which is known as a winter playground for the rich and famous.
Australia’s coronavirus cases have skyrocketed to 2,996 cases. There have been 13 deaths as a result of the illness
The woman is believed to be part of the group of wealth Australians who brought the virus into the ski resort in Aspen, Colorado, which is known as a winter playground for the rich and famous
She had left America by the time the tests were undertaken.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 3,050
New South Wales: 1,405
Western Australia: 231
South Australia: 235
Australian Capital Territory: 53
Northern Territory: 12
TOTAL CASES: 3,050
Nine Australians at the resort have tested positive for the virus. They have been in isolation in their hotels since the positive test.
Three Australians have refused to take the test, Pitkin County Health official Karen Koenemann said.
It is believed the group contracted COVID-19 from one of their friends’ children who visited the resort while on a backpacking trip.
It is understood the woman has been self-isolating in the affluent suburb of Portsea, south of Melbourne, where others from the Aspen trip have caused uproar, Herald Sun reported.
One couple has been accused of breaking self-isolating rules by going to parties, shopping and playing golf – putting other people at risk of catching the killer virus.
The woman is believed to be part of the group of wealth Australians who brought the virus into the ski resort (pictured). She had left America by the time the tests were undertaken
The pair have denied the claims, saying they had been ‘cleared’ by the Health Department.
‘I’ll tell you what, if we had lived in Box Hill and I’d been to Bali no one would care, would they?’
Australia’s coronavirus cases have skyrocketed to 2,996 cases. There have been 13 deaths as a result of the illness.