Queensland considers using mining camps for quarantine as state records four more coronavirus cases and 129 returned travellers are mo
Queensland considers using mining camps for quarantine as state records four more coronavirus cases and 129 returned travellers are moved from super-spreader hotel
- Returned travellers in isolation at a Brisbane hotel forced to quarantine again
- 129 returned travellers in quarantine at hotel moved to other accommodation
- 250 guests who have since left quarantine at hotel forced to do another 14 days
- 226 staff who worked at hotel since December 30 are also now in quarantine
Queensland has recorded four more cases of coronavirus, all in hotel quarantine.
Hundreds of returned Australians were forced to quarantine for another two weeks after guests on the same floor of a Brisbane hotel mysteriously caught the virus.
Queensland health authorities are on high alert, despite the state recording another day of zero locally-acquired coronavirus cases.
Two new cases were diagnosed on Wednesday, both returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said said held grave concerns about the Hotel Grand Chancellor cluster, which has grown to six cases of the highly-contagious UK virus strain.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said said held grave concerns about the Hotel Grand Chancellor (pictured) cluster, which has grown to six cases of the highly-contagious UK virus strain
Guests at the Hotel Grand Chancellor will be moved to other hotels in Brisbane after the coronavirus cluster grew to six cases. Pictured is two guests on their balcony at Hotel Grand Chancellor on Wednesday
Around 600 people have been forced into quarantine due to the Hotel Grand Chancellor cluster. Pictured are paramedics at the Brisbane hotel on Wednesday
Almost 130 returned travellers quarantined in the hotel were transferred to alternative accommodation after two guests staying on the same floor mysteriously caught the virus strain.
Some 226 employees who have worked at the hotel since December 30 must also be quarantined and tested.
An additional 250 guests who have left quarantine since December 30 and remain in Queensland are being contacted as they must undergo another 14 days of hotel quarantine.
‘We now are concerned about this cluster,’ she said on Wednesday, apologising to those affected but stressing it was necessary.
Queensland health authorities are concerned about the growing cluster as life slowly returns to normal in Brisbane after a three day lockdown. Pictured are Brisbane residents returning to their normal lives in the city’s CBD on Tuesday
‘What we are dealing with here is something that we’ve never had to deal with before.
‘This is a new highly infectious strain. We do not want to see this getting out into the community and that’s why we have taken these precautionary steps today in the interests of the public safety.
‘This is of concern, it is of national concern. Everybody needs to be on higher alert with this particular strain.’
The six cases from the hotel cluster were linked by genomic sequencing.
The Hotel Grand Chancellor cases
• A man aged in his 30s who arrived from the UK on December 30.
• His partner – a woman in her 30s who arrived from the UK on December 30.
• A hotel cleaner in her 20s.
• Her partner – a man in his 20s.
• A man in his 40s who arrived from Lebanon on January 1.
• His daughter – a woman in her 20s, who arrived on January 1.
Six cases of the highly-contagious UK virus strain have been detected at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane. Pictured is a quarantined guest at hotel on Wednesday