A guest in his 40s at a hotel heard a man screaming as he was forced into mandatory solitary confinement – two days before committing suicide in his room.
The woman, who also stays at the Novotel Brisbane Airport, claims the middle-aged man “screamed for about half an hour” as he was forced into a two-week quarantine.
Two days later, another guest who had been in her living room for a week heard welfare officers knocking on the door to the room next to hers, demanding that the person open.
“I could hear them calling ‘sir this is Queensland Health you have to open up'”, and getting no response from the guest, the woman said on Wednesday.
It wasn’t until she saw media reports revealing that a 53-year-old aeronautical engineer from the northern suburbs of Brisbane ended his life in the bathroom of her own hotel room that she realized what she had listened to.
The man was only on his second day of mandatory quarantine after traveling to Canberra to visit relatives.
Initially, the woman says the police didn’t seem particularly concerned when he didn’t answer the door and agreed to come back 15 minutes later.
Within 30 minutes, the woman claims to have heard more voices and shortly thereafter saw an ambulance enter the complex from her window.
The 53-year-old aeronautical engineer from Brisbane’s northern suburbs was found unconscious in the bathroom of his room at the Novotel (pictured) near the airport around 5 p.m. on Monday.
Quarantine hotel guest heard Queensland health officials knock on the door of a man who committed suicide moments before finding out he was dead
“When I put my garbage bag outside around 7 p.m. there was a security guard sitting in front of the door to the room and at 7:30 p.m. when I got dinner the police were also there. [there],’ she said.
The bedroom door was taped, the woman said.
The man, who has not been publicly identified, has reportedly told his wife he would attempt to seek an exemption from mandatory quarantine at the hotel, but it is not yet known whether he followed the process.
His wife said The Courier Courier he suffered from severe depression and was particularly distressed after the death of his twin brother from cancer in 2020.
The man’s mother has also been diagnosed with the disease.
The guest who initially saw a man screaming said she called reception staff twice within hours to express concerns about her health, and is now asking for an investigation into the handling of her complaint.
“He screamed for at least half an hour and I knew he was not going to do well,” the woman said.
A second guest at the quarantine facility said just days before the man’s death she witnessed a distressing scene involving a middle-aged male guest
Given his history of mental health issues, the man’s wife believes the prospect of being isolated for two weeks in a hotel room may have “pushed him to the limit.”
“We didn’t expect that to happen – it’s a shock,” she said. “I don’t understand why we can’t do something different for people with major depression who may be at risk for suicide.
“I believe if my husband had been in home quarantine he would still be alive – this is my deep belief. There must be options. There must be other ways.
The woman said she understood the need for quarantine to prevent a viral outbreak in largely Covid-free Queensland, but called on the government to show compassion and review cases on an individual basis.
“People who are depressed should not be quarantined at the hotel. In my mind, that was a factor that maybe pushed him to the limit, ”she said.
The new widow is now investigating whether her husband requested a quarantine exemption from the hotel.
Within 30 minutes, the woman claims to have heard more voices and shortly thereafter saw an ambulance enter the complex from her window. Pictured: Ambulance arriving at a quarantine hotel
Queensland Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Chelepy confirmed on Tuesday that the man died at the state-run facility.
“I’m not in a position to go into more detail at this time, but what I will say is that the case is under investigation by the police and will be referred to the coroner. as a result of this investigation, “he said.
“I would just like to salute the response of the police and our health staff and other hotel staff agencies who work in hotels, their response to this tragic case.”
The tragedy came as Queensland recorded six new cases of Covid on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 11 this week alone.
Four cases are linked to the aeronautics cluster announced earlier this week.
“It appears that we believe the event in which all of these people were exposed and infected occurred on September 20,” Health Director Dr Jeannette Young said.
One of the other cases was identified in a pilot who had traveled to Townsville, raising fears that this weekend’s NRL grand finale could be plunged into chaos if the cases continue to spread throughout the country as well. south-eastern Queensland.
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Pictured: A woman in PPE at a quarantine hotel in Brisbane. Man’s wife thinks the prospect of being isolated for two weeks in a hotel room may have ‘pushed her overboard’