Extraordinary moment a glamorous traveller breaks down in her hotel room because she can’t TAN on a balcony as she starts another 14 days of quarantine
- Returning Queenslander must quarantine again after undergoing 14 days
- She was hours away from release when she was told she’d be moving hotels
- The woman is upset her new hotel doesn’t have a balcony to tan herself on
- She is calling on her followers to help put her in touch with a lawyer to help her
A glamorous traveller who returned to Queensland from Brazil two weeks ago was told she would need to undergo a further 14 day mandatory hotel quarantine after the hotel she was staying in had a Covid breach.
Leila Burate had her bags packed and ready to go on Wednesday when she received a phone call from Queensland Health about 8.30am – two hours before she was due to check out.
The 27-year-old was told she would be required to restart her hotel quarantine period in a new location, despite having already undergone five Covid tests.
Ms Burate said she ‘cried on the phone’ and begged not to quarantine all over again but that ‘there was no option’.
When she arrived at The Westin in Brisbane, the Instagrammer said she was pleasantly surprised with her new room.
While it was ‘nicer than the last one’, she was upset when she realised it was ‘missing a balcony’ for her to tan herself on.
Leila Burate had her bags packed and ready to go on Wednesday when she received a phone call from Queensland Health about 8.30am – two hours before she was due to check out
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said said held grave concerns about the Hotel Grand Chancellor (pictured) cluster, which has grown to six cases of the highly-contagious UK virus strain
‘There’s no balcony, so I hope we can get some sun in here so that I can tan,’ she explained as she panned the camera around the hotel room. ‘Good luck to me.’
Ms Burate tearfully explained that she was missing her social life, her friends ‘and everything out there’ and said she’s ‘simply so frustrated right now’.
‘I am not sick, and I want to get out of here,’ she said.
Authorities explained that the Grand Chancellor Hotel where she was staying had been exposed to the mutant Covid variant wreaking havoc on the UK.
As a result, Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young made the crucial decision to move all 129 travellers from the hotel and into new accommodation.
Ms Burate said she was really missing her friends and social life stuck in quarantine
Ms Burate wiping away tears
All travellers must now begin their 14 day quarantine period again.
But Ms Burate is planning on fighting the policy, and asked her 27,000 followers to put her in touch with a lawyer who could help her dodge the rest of the quarantine period.
The Instagrammer said she’s trying to remain positive but will do everything she can to get out of quarantine earlier than expected.
She also offered her room number to her followers in case they wanted to send her gifts to cheer her up while in isolation.
Brisbane’s Grand Chancellor Hotel was evacuated on Wednesday as officials scrambled to work out how the UK super-strain of Covid-19 was transmitted on the seventh floor.
She offered a tour of her new room at the The Westin in Brisbane, which she said was ‘nicer than the last one
Guests at the Hotel Grand Chancellor have been moved to other hotels in Brisbane after the coronavirus cluster grew to six cases. Pictured is two guests on their balcony at Hotel Grand Chancellor on Wednesday
Police are investigating by checking CCTV and engineers are checking if virus particles travelled in the air conditioning.
Some 226 employees who have worked at the hotel since December 30 must also be quarantined and tested.
An additional 250 guests who have left quarantine since December 30 and remain in Queensland are being contacted as they must undergo another 14 days of hotel quarantine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the evacuation and re-quarantining process has been backed by Health Minster Greg Hunt and the AHPPC.
The Instagrammer said she’s trying to remain positive but will do everything she can to get out of quarantine earlier than expected
Around 600 people have been forced into quarantine due to the Hotel Grand Chancellor cluster. Pictured are paramedics at the Brisbane hotel on Wednesday
The Hotel Grand Chancellor cases
• A man aged in his 30s who arrived from the UK on December 30.
• His partner – a woman in her 30s who arrived from the UK on December 30.
• A hotel cleaner in her 20s.
• Her partner – a man in his 20s.
• A man in his 40s who arrived from Lebanon on January 1.
• His daughter – a woman in her 20s, who arrived on January 1.