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Brisbane hotel guests moved in while a mutant strain from the UK was linked to quarantine


Both Victoria and New South Wales have set up blocking rules for travelers who have arrived from a Brisbane quarantine hotel.

Authorities in Victoria and New South Wales have ordered anyone who has already completed 14 days of quarantine at the Grand Chancellor since December 30 to isolate themselves and be tested immediately.

The Grand Chancellor Hotel has been linked to the UK strain of coronavirus.
The Grand Chancellor Hotel has been linked to the UK strain of coronavirus. (Getty)

Residents of Victoria can come out of quarantine with a negative result, while residents of New South Wales must remain in isolation for 14 days regardless.

Genomic testing of all the cases at the Queensland hotel found links between the six.

“These are the traveler from the UK and his partner, the hotel cleaner and her partner, and the man and his daughter from Lebanon we told you about yesterday,” said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“So all six have a connection to the Grand Chancellor Hotel.”

As a precautionary measure, all quarantined guests at the Grand Chancellor will be transferred to other hotels.

And 250 guests who were at the hotel previously will be screened and quarantined.

Only two new cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in Queensland in the last 24 hours, both in hotel quarantine.

Palaszczuk said it comes after 20,615 tests were conducted yesterday.

“So once again, congratulations to everyone who has come and been tested and if you have any symptoms make sure you do it,” he said.

“So everything we’ve done in the last six days is due to the arrival of the highly infectious British strain of COVID.”

The Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane CBD, used as a COVID-19 quarantine site. (Matt Dennien)

Health director Jeannette Young said they don’t yet know how the cleaner contracted stress from hotel guests.

“We have the original gentleman who returned from the UK on December 30,” said Dr Young.

“So he has infected his partner who, of course, was in the same room as him.

“That’s not surprising. But it also infected a cleaner and we’re still trying to figure out how it happened.”

Everyone who has been to the Grand Chancellor Hotel at any time after December 30 must undergo a test and immediately go into quarantine.

“So we have to find all these people and test them,” Dr. Young said.

Palaszczuk said the only known connection between those infected at the Grand Chancellor Hotel was that they were on the seventh floor.

Queensland Police are reviewing the Grand Chancellor’s CCTV, trying to establish how the UK tension was conveyed among the guests.

But the task is made more difficult by the lack of CCTV coverage throughout the hotel.

“How was it transmitted? Was it in the air conditioning? Was it movement? Was it picking up something?” asked the prime minister.

“We just don’t know those answers yet.”

Dr. Young also listed several places where Queenslanders needed to get tested, even if they don’t have symptoms.

  • Woolworths Calamvale North between 11:00 a.m. M. And noon on January 3
  • Coles Sunnybank Hills Business Town between 7:30 a.m. M. And 8:00 a. M. January 5
  • Nextra Sunnybank Hills Newsstand between 8:00 am and 8:15 am on January 5.
  • Bunnings Warehouse Acacia Ridge between 2:00 pm and 2:40 pm on January 5
  • Sunnybank Cellars, Sunnybank Hills between 2:05 pm and 2:15 pm on January 6
  • Italian pizzeria Capriccio from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on January 3
  • Woolworths Supermarkets in Maleny between 4:30 pm and 4:50 pm on January 7
  • Bodegas Purple Palette on January 7

The track and trace teams have identified 406 close contacts of the cleaner and her partner, who were the first people linked to the cluster.

Dr. Young said 310 close contacts have already recovered their results, with only one positive: the cleaner’s partner.

Since December 30, Queensland has conducted more than 100,000 coronavirus tests.

Local residents exercise near Southbank, towards the end of Brisbane's three-day shutdown.
Local residents exercise near Southbank, towards the end of Brisbane’s three-day shutdown. (Getty)

Two other cases were diagnosed in a father and daughter in hotel quarantine.

But there were three cases in hotel quarantine.

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