Inside swanky golf resort set to be transformed into quarantine

An Australian golf course is being eyed as a coronavirus quarantine.

Officials have earmarked the Packer Lodge, Queensland, as a temporary isolation unit after five people in the state were diagnosed with the virus.

More than 1,000 people are staying isolated in their homes in the state, as the global death toll surpasses 1,000 and has infected more than 43,000.

A statement from organisers read: "We can confirm Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley has been approached by the Queensland government last week about reserving the newly renovated Packer Lodge, where Kerry Packer used to stay when he was playing polo and golf.

"Packer Lodge may be used to help out those low-risk Australians who have recently visited a country of risk but have no symptoms of coronavirus, but as a precaution still need to be isolated for 14 days before they can walk free to public areas.

"Any movement in and out of the facility will be strictly controlled.

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"We can also assure everyone that no one will be sent to the Packer Lodge for isolation unless we have assurances from Queensland Health and the Queensland Police that all measures to guarantee the safety of our staff our guests and our fellow Australians are in place.

"Otherwise, they would have been sent to the hospital immediately."

According to, it follows plans to protect people who cannot isolate themselves in their own home.

The hotel added: "The risk to the local residents is zero, as long as people do not trespass or break into the quarantined area without prior approval."

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Earlier today, it emerged two GPs in Brighton had tested positive for the coronavirus.

The total in the UK infected now stands at eight.

And coronavirus "super-spreader" who infected 11 people has been named as scout master Steve Walsh.

Professor Keith Willett, NHS strategic incident director, hailed Mr Walsh's for surrendering himself to doctors.

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He said: "This patient did the right thing when they had concerns about coronavirus by calling NHS 111 for advice.

"After a telephone assessment, they were advised to make their way to Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton, for testing.

"Following a pre-arranged plan with the NHS they drove themselves to the hospital, were tested in isolation and away from public areas of the hospital and returned home in isolation in their own car.

"Any travellers from China and the other specified countries who have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath advised to follow the example of this patient and call NHS 111 for advice."

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