COVID-19

Fears after ’room-to-room’ transmission

State chief health officer Jeannette Young said her team had initially sourced the cases identified at the Novotel Brisbane Airport earlier in the month as being acquired overseas, but further investigations proved Brisbane facilities had once again been exposed to passing infections in corridors.“A few days ago, we did have a few cases that were reported as hotel assessed and found in hotel quarantine, but now that we’ve got the genome sequencing back we know that there’s been transmission from one room to another room,” she told reporters on Wednesday morning.“This is on floor five of the Brisbane Airport Novotel (where) we had two people in one room and one person in the room adjacent.RELATED: Qld closes border to Sydney hotspots“That person in the room adjacent tested positive first and then two days later the couple, the two people in the adjacent room, tested positive.“At the time we thought it was just overseas acquired, but now that I’ve got the genome sequencing back, it’s clear that the first person has given it to the other two people.”Both cases are older infections that have been reclassified as locally acquired, with the couple arriving in quarantine on June 8 and the individual in the adjacent room beginning quarantine on June 10.“But they immediately became positive and then later the couple became positive,” Dr Young said.NED-3679-Indias-Mutant-Covid-19Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk again lashed the Morrison government over its refusal to commit to a regional quarantine facility in the Sunshine State.“Once again, I stress – we need to have regional quarantine,” she said. “This Delta variant is spreading quickly in our hotels, so we are inspecting that and we’ll be doing an investigation in relation to that matter.”The lack of new community cases comes as a relief after a flight attendant contracted the virus while in hotel quarantine on the weekend.She had tested negative three times while in quarantine after arriving from Portugal but returned a positive test after her release when tested again as part of her employer’s testing regimen.She spent four hours in the community while infectious.

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