Russell Brand is 'stranded' in Australia amid COVID-19 pandemic

Russell Brand reveals he is ‘stranded’ in Australia amid COVID-19 pandemic as he admits to feeling ‘suspicion and fear’ while self-isolating

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Russell Brand has revealed he is ‘stranded’ in Australia amid the global coronavirus pandemic. 

The British comedian, 44, had been in the New South Wales town of Mullumbimby, near Byron Bay, for a tour – which has since been cancelled. 

In a YouTube video posted on Wednesday, Russell revealed he was not sure what to do, as Australia is closing its borders while the UK is also taking similar precautions.

Stranded: Russell Brand has revealed he is ‘stranded’ in Australia amid the global coronavirus pandemic (pictured with fans in the New South Wales town of Mullumbimby on Sunday) 

Discussing the pros and cons of social distancing and self isolation, he reasoned: ‘Even in remote places such as the one where I find myself currently stranded, there’s suspicion and fear’.

He added: ‘I happen to be in Australia at the moment and one of the biggest questions I’m confronting… is, ‘Oh wow, do we go back to the UK now? Or when?’ Where you’re from is where you’re from; it’s a tricky one isn’t it,’ Russell said in the video.   

He also said he found it ironic that while social media is often criticised for reducing interaction – now it is some people’s sole form of contact with the outside world.

Stuck: In his YouTube video, Russell said he didn’t know whether he could leave Australia as the country was closing its borders while the UK was also taking similar precautions

‘At a time where the world was becoming saturated with ongoing laments about the nature of atomised online communities, the fact that we don’t speak any more, don’t see each other anymore, that everything’s done with a swipe or a like or a heart,’ he said. 

‘Now suddenly it (online) is the only option we’ve got. Even in remote places such as the one where I find myself currently stranded there is suspicion and fear.’   

Russell also spoke about the mental health implications of self-isolation. 

‘I’m a person that has to belong to support groups and communities to help with my numerous, much discussed and pretty bloody obvious mental health issues, primarily around addiction.

‘I like to meet other people with addiction issues or alcoholism issues and get support as I work a 12-step program. That becomes increasingly impossible in self isolation.

‘Thankfully there are online hook up groups, not hook up groups, that’s a different thing, that’s the old life, meet up groups, that’s much more my speed.’ 

Russell is father to daughter Mabel, three, with his wife Laura Gallacher. 

Deep: Russell said he found it ironic that while social media is often criticised for reducing interaction – now it is some people’s sole form of contact with the outside world

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As of the evening of March 19, when Russell shared his video, the total number of people diagnosed with the virus in Australia is 710, including six deaths 

On Sunday, Russell was spotted at local cafés by fans, who posted a photo with him to Instagram. 

In his YouTube video, Russell said he didn’t know whether he could leave Australia as the country was closing its borders while the UK was also taking similar precautions.

Statistics: As of the evening of March 19, the total number of people diagnosed with the virus in Australia is 710, including six deaths 

 

 

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