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SWINE flu victims are being kicked out of their Sydney hotels by nervous proprietors who fear bad publicity might drive other customers away.
The Daily Telegraph understands that two hotels are evicting 14 people who were on the swine flu-contaminated cruise ship Pacific Dawn.
It is understood 12 people will be evicted from Meriton Serviced Apartments in Parramatta and two from a Holiday Inn, either in Darling Harbour or Kings Cross, The Daily Telegraph reports.
A manager at Meriton Serviced Apartments in Parramatta, who identified himself as "Moe" denied any rooms had been booked by NSW Health or knowledge of the 12 Pacific Dawn passengers believed to be staying at the hotel. He then referred inquiries to Meriton's head office, where calls went unanswered.
Health authorities will have to move the victims, their friends and families from their rooms this morning for alternative accommodation.
It is understood the authorities are frustrated and unhappy with the hotels' decision but are unable to prevent them from carrying out the eviction because a state of emergency is not in place.
All the victims are supposed to be in quarantine until Monday.
The spread of swine flu is accelerating in Victoria, with the toll rising from 53 to 96 since yesterday afternoon, while in Sydney hotels nervous of bad publicity are reportedly evicting swine flu victims.
According to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, two hotels are evicting people who were on the swine flu-contaminated cruise ship Pacific Dawn.
The Meriton Serviced apartments in Parramatta is understood to be evicting 12 people, while the Holiday Inn in either Darling Harbour or Kings Cross has ordered two people to leave.