Coronavirus: Calls for mental health checks after man dies in hotel quarantine

There are fears for the mental health of people in mandatory coronavirus quarantine following a man’s sudden death.

The recently returned traveller’s body was discovered on Saturday afternoon inside a hotel room at South Wharf, in Melbourne CBD.

“Police are not treating the death as suspicious at this time,” a Victorian health department spokesperson confirmed on Sunday.

“The coroner will be investigating the incident and as such we are unable to comment further.”

Premier Daniel Andrews said the man did not have COVID-19 and was subject to a daily health check.

His death has prompted calls for those forced into quarantine to be given access to a daily telehealth call with a GP or mental health professional to ensure they’re coping.

“Mental health issues are very prevalent in our community, but at times like this it becomes even more pervasive,” Australian Medical Association President Tony Bartone told Sunrise.

“We must recognise the impact of quarantine, isolation, financial and emotional stress that is being experienced and we’ve got to have the support to make sure no one is left behind.”

“This is a tragedy and of course we emphasise with those people in quarantine” Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said on Sunrise.

The Deputy Prime Minister responds after a recently returned traveller died in hotel quarantine.

“It’s not easy being cooped up and they’re not used to it”

“That’s why Health Minister Greg Hunt thas set up the Coronavirus Mental Health Wellbeing Support Centre and I’d encourage people to access their services through Beyond Blue.”

“We want to make sure we get as many people as we can through the other side as healthy as we can.”

Maintaining mental health during lockdown
The AMA also provided some easy ways to look after our mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.

The simple advice is relevant to all Australians, both those in quarantine or not.

Maintain a daily routine and schedule
Eat healthy foods and exercise daily
Limit your alcohol consumption
Communicate with your friends and family (online or over the phone)
Reach out to your GP if you need help
To access the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service, visit

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300 224 636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.

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