A man who went to India for his own wedding before returning to Australia and sparking a COVID-19 outbreak in Western Australia was able to prove “profound” reasons for travel, according to Health Minister Greg Hunt.
Perth was plunged into a three-day lockdown on Friday after community transmission was linked to a man who returned from India, which is in the middle of a destructive spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
The man arrived in Perth from India on April 10 with his new bride. He tested positive at the Mercure Hotel three days later.
The virus then spread to his wife and seeped into other rooms across the corridor, infecting three people including a child.
One of those people – a Victorian man – then unwittingly spread the virus to two other people in the community.
Camera IconHealth Minister Greg Hunt insists wedding travel fitted profound exemption criteria. NCA NewsWire / David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia
International travel has effectively been banned, with numerous reports of thousands of trapped Australians still unable to return home.
The man returning from India for the purpose of a wedding has infuriated many and sparked confusion about the federal government’s policy on international travel…