Two Sydney mums have been charged after a bizarre online spat over the coronavirus allegedly ended in a wild brawl.
The women, aged 33 and 36, from the city’s northern beaches, were charged with affray on Monday, almost a week after both were hospitalised for their injuries.
The mothers were allegedly discussing the deadly disease in an online group chat on Tuesday, when one woman, from Dee Why, visited the other’s home in Brookvale.
Northern Beaches Police shared the story to their Facebook on Thursday, where it quickly went viral (pictured)
Tensions boiled over and the pair allegedly then came to blows, with police and paramedics called about 8pm.
One of the two women involved has claimed she had criticised the other woman for not going into quarantine after returning from Wuhan, China.
Wuhan is the epicentre of the fatal illness, which has killed more than 360 people and infected 12 Australians.
Two women accompanying the mothers – also from the group chat – tried to separate the pair.
Police and an ambulance were called and both the women were taken to hospital for their injuries.
Two women have ended up in hospital after an online argument over the coronavirus turned violent (stock image)
The older woman suffered a head injury – requiring a brain scan – as well as a shoulder injury and a cut to her arm.
The younger woman suffered a sore shoulder and other ‘non-life threatening injuries’.
Both women have since been released from hospital.
The pair will face court on March 25.
AUSTRALIANS WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
NEW SOUTH WALES: 4
- Three men aged 43, 53, and 35 who had recently travelled to China are confirmed to have contracted the disease.
- Two flew in from Wuhan while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, south China.
- They were treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital
- A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person to test positive for the illness in NSW.
- The woman, a student at UNSW, flew into Sydney International Airport on flight MU749 on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.
- A Chinese national aged in his 50s becomes the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Australia.
- The man flew to Melbourne on China Southern flight CZ321 from Wuhan via Guangzhou on January 19.
- He was quarantined at Monash Hospital in Clayton in Melbourne’s east.
- A Victorian man in his 60s is diagnosed with the coronavirus.
- He became unwell on January 23 – two days after returning from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.
- The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Centre.
- A woman in her 40s is found to have coronavirus.
- She was visiting from China and mostly spent time with her family.
- She is being treated at Royal Melbourne Hospital.
- A woman in her 20s in Melbourne is found to have the virus
- Two passengers taken off the Diamond Princess cruise ship test positive
- Queensland confirms its first case after a 44-year-old Chinese national was diagnosed with the virus. He is being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital.
- A 42-year-old Chinese woman who was travelling in the same Wuhan tour group as the 44-year-old man tests positive. She is in Gold Coast University Hospital in stable condition.
- An eight-year-old boy has been diagnosed coronavirus. He is also from the tour group where the other Queensland cases came from
- The case was found in a 37-year-old man, who was a member of a group of nine Chinese tourists in quarantine on the Gold Coast
- A 37-year-old woman has been diagnosed with coronavirus from the same travel group that flew to Queensland from Melbourne on January 27
- Two Queensland women, aged 54 and 55, tested positive for COVID-19 and will be flown to Brisbane for further treatment.
- A 57-year-old woman from Queensland also tests positive for the virus
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 3
- A Chinese couple in their 60s who arrived in Adelaide from Wuhan to visit relatives are confirmed to have coronavirus.
- A 24-year-old woman from South Australia has been transferred to Royal Adelaide Hospital
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 1
- A 78-year-old man from Western Australia was transferred to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth
- As of February 15, 47 Australians are among 219 confirmed cases of the coronavirus contracted on board Diamond Princess cruise ship at Yokohama.
- Two more Australians who were on board tested positive after they were evacuated to Darwin on February 22