A Melbourne mum who spent a marathon 22 days in isolation in Japan after contracting coronavirus had two things on her mind after landing in Australia, sleep and a trip to Bunnings.
The Sydenham family-of-four had their dream holiday turn into a nightmare when three of them caught coronavirus onboard cruise ship the Diamond Princess earlier this month.
Mother Suzanne D'Silva, 48, said they could not be more relieved to have touched down on Australian soil after a strenuous quarantine period.
"We could have kissed the ground," Mrs D'Silva said.
"It was just amazing … the minute the plane touched down, it was like thank God.
"We just couldn't wait to come home.
"First we want to sleep - and then we want to, I want to go to Bunnings."
Law student Bianca D'Silva, 21, was the first member of the family to be diagnosed with coronavirus on February 5, forcing the family to be quarantined in hospital two hours from the port of Yokohama.
She told 9News her symptoms included a fever of 37.6 degrees and headaches, but otherwise the deadly virus felt like a cold.
"It was scary initially, but the hospital took very good care of us," Miss D'Silva said.
But the virus took a frightening turn for her parents Suzanne and Dellone, who remained bed-bound with pneumonia, while battling a language barrier in the foreign country.
Suzanne D'Silva said the communication barrier and minimal information about the quarantine period from authorities left her family riddled with anxiety.
"It was very chaotic and there was no information or communication from anyone," she said.
"We were just locked up in our rooms waiting to hear what was going on.
"It was worse than hell."
Victoria has had seven confirmed cases of coronavirus, three of whom are currently in isolation after returning from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and another four who have recovered.
More than 1100 people have tested negative to the deadly virus in Victoria.
Brother Brenton D'Silva, 14, managed to dodge contracting the virus in an unbelievable streak of luck.
The family had previously made emotional pleas to the Australian government to be brought home following the "frightening" experience in isolation.
But the three sick family members had to be free of a fever for 48 hours and return two negative test results for coronavirus, before being cleared to return to Australia.
They touched down on a commercial flight early this morning, with the Australian Government ensuring they were not a risk to the public.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has since activated an emergency response plan as Australia prepares for coronavirus to become a global pandemic.
The World Health Organisation has not yet declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic, but Mr Morrison said based on "expert medical advice" the government has taken "steps necessary" to contain the pandemic.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/melbourne-family-return-home-after-being-stranded-in-japan-with-coronavirus/9ea3ba32-4485-40eb-8426-a97a3dca0cde