Wednesday, December 1

Brisbane hotel infection investigation does not provide answers


An investigation has not been able to determine how COVID-19 The outbreak started at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has released a report indicating that the cleaner who contracted coronavirus in the hotel got it from a surface.

“There were no breaches in quarantine and security and it was not transmitted in air conditioning,” he said.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said an investigation into how a quarantine worker in Brisbane contracted the coronavirus found no answers.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said an investigation into how a quarantine worker in Brisbane contracted the coronavirus found no answers. (9News)

“The cleaner and the staff did everything they were supposed to do.

“There were also concerns about guests opening doors and infecting hallways.”

The prime minister said there had been no problem with the hotel quarantine until the new strains of coronavirus emerged.

Ms. Palaszczuk also said that hotel quarantine is not just a state or federal responsibility.

“While states are doing their best to manage hotel quarantine, I’d say it’s a shared responsibility,” he said.

“You just have to look at the constitution.”

He said he still wanted a quarantine center established in Toowoomba.

“We are still working with the Commonwealth in relation to our facility in Toowoomba, which would be right next to the airport,” said Ms Palaszczuk.

“The ball is now in his court.”

He said a quarantine facility near Gladstone had been ruled out.

The report also found that “there is no direct evidence of transmission” between the infected guests at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane and the cleaner who was infected.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Ruzh Carroll said there were no CCTV cameras on the floor where infected people were staying.

Grand Cancellor Hotel, Brisbane CBD, where a hotel cleaner tested positive for the UK COVID-19 variant. QLD Health officials along with the police transport all guests to other hotels with ambulances. (Atila Csaszar)

“There is no evidence to suggest direct person-to-person contact,” he said.

“There is also no evidence to suggest that the cleaner entered a room when it was not intended and had no contact with anyone.”

The Grand Chancellor Hotel did nothing wrong in the run-up to one of its quarantined guests contracting a cleaner coronavirus, the report determined.

But Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the report on the outbreak had identified areas for improvement.

“Hotels were never built to try to contain an invisible and highly contagious virus,” he said.

“The hotel staff never thought that, as part of their job description, they would have to deal with infection control.

“There will always be risk. Our job is to reduce that risk as much as possible.”


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