The corona wedding crasher: More than THIRTY guests are confirmed infected with COVID-19 after celebrating ‘gutted’ bride and groom’s dream day
- At least 31 guests who attended one wedding have caught coronavirus
- The guests include a member of parliament and heavily pregnant mother
- A further four cases have been linked to people who attended the wedding
- At least 710 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Australia
- Globally, that number is in excess of 228,000 throughout 176 countries
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
A pregnant woman and member of parliament are among 31 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a wedding.
Scott Maggs, 37, and Emma Metcalf, 36, tied the knot in front of about 140 guests at Tumbling Waters Retreat, south of Sydney, on March 6.
Memories of their fairy tale ceremony have been overshadowed by the health crisis.
The couple say they first learned their wedding became a hotbed for the virus while honeymooning in the Maldives.
They received a text confirming two of their guests had tested positive for COVID-19.
The bride and groom (pictured) have contacted all their guests, most of whom were from Sydney, informing them they may need to be tested if they are displaying symptoms
There have been at least 710 coronavirus cases diagnosed in Australia since late January – and that number is expected to rise
Days later that number rose to six, with Andrew Bragg, a Liberal Senator for New South Wales, and Sally Hawach, the daughter of advertising guru John Singleton, among the new cases.
Now 14 days on, 31 cases have been linked to the ceremony, plus an additional four people who were in close contact with guests shortly afterwards.
Carriers may not start to experience any symptoms of the virus for up to two weeks after initial infection.
The couple have returned from the Maldives and are awaiting test results while in self isolation.
Other guests at the wedding, as well as staff and servers, have also self isolated.
New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant confirmed 21 of the infected guests live in NSW, while another five are from interstate.
Other guests were believed to have travelled internationally, including some from the United States, who may have been carrying the virus, according to Sydney Morning Herald.
Pregnant mother-of-three, Ms Hawach, and her husband both went into quarantine at their Hills District home, in Sydney’s north west, shortly after the wedding when they fell ill.
Ms Hawach is currently 30 weeks pregnant and the couple already have a two-year-old and one-year-old.
She is concerned she may have passed the illness onto her youngest child.
‘My 1yo is showing signs of COVID also and is extremely sick,’ she told her Instagram followers on Wednesday.
When the couple (pictured) were on their honeymoon they were told two guests had the illness and this number quickly rose to six – and now seven – cases
‘My baby girl had high fevers and I was extremely fatigued with shortness of breath and a rapid heart rate.’
‘I am very distressed at the thought of having possibly infected anyone. I have contacted everyone I think I have been in touch with. But please if you have been in contact with me since March 6th or anyone with COVID or you show signs of sickness please self isolate.’
Ms Hawach also said it was fortunate she hadn’t seen her father in the period between the wedding and falling ill.
The married couple said they were devastated to learn so many of their guests had fallen sick.
‘We were completely gutted when we first found out and we really wanted our friends to be safe and for them to be well. I couldn’t really think past that,’ Mr Maggs told Yahoo when they returned from the honeymoon.
Ms Hawach is currently 30 weeks pregnant and the couple already have a two-year-old and one-year-old. She discussed the health condition with her Instagram followers on Wednesday
‘It was the best day of our lives and we wanted it to be remembered for the right reasons. It was the perfect weekend except for this.’
The union occurred well before Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced his social distancing policies, which now encourage all people to keep a safe 1.5m distance between each other to slow the spread of COVID-19.
All social gatherings from this point forward will be restricted to under 100 patrons for indoors under Mr Morrison’s stringent new protocols.
He has also closed the borders to any non-residents for the foreseeable future.
Globally, cases have soared past 227,000 throughout 176 nations, including 710 infections in Australia.
At least 9,000 people have died from complications relating to coronavirus.
Tumbling Waters Retreat shared on Facebook, that the NSW Health said the guests had not been contagious when they attended the wedding
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