Huge Covid breach as it was revealed that a returning traveler infected with a mutated strain of virus was allowed to LEAVE hotel quarantine – sparking a frantic search for anyone she came into contact with in Brisbane
- The woman and her father were quarantined at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane
- He fell ill and an ambulance arrived to take him to the Royal Brisbane Hospital
- The woman also went to the hospital, despite not requiring medical treatment
- The couple, who recently returned from Lebanon, previously tested positive for Covid
- After returning to the hospital, they both tested positive for the British mutant strain
A woman with the highly contagious mutant Covid strain in the UK was allowed to break the hotel’s quarantine to visit a hospital.
The woman and her father were quarantined at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane on Monday evening when he fell ill.
When an ambulance arrived at the hotel to pick up her father, the woman boarded and accompanied him to Royal Brisbane Hospital, The Courier Mail reports.
The father and daughter, who recently returned from Lebanon, had previously tested positive for the corona virus.
The woman and her father were quarantined at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane on Monday evening when he became unwell
When an ambulance arrived at the hotel to pick up her father, the woman boarded and accompanied him to the Royal Brisbane Hospital
After returning to the hospital from her hospital visit, where she came into contact with several people, the woman – and her father – tested positive for the mutated strain.
It is not known how the woman got back to the hotel or how long she stayed in the hospital. She is believed to have taken a taxi or Uber.
The pair have brought the Grand Chancellor Hotel cluster in six cases.
After they tested positive, all 129 quarantined returning travelers were evacuated and forced to resume their 14-day isolation at another hotel.
Two recent travelers to South Australia have been quarantined after staying at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.
SA Health says updated information on Thursday confirmed that one person who arrived via Victoria is in isolation, along with a second person originally thought to have left the state.
Officials initially believed that up to four people had traveled to South Australia after spending time at the hotel.
The information comes after the Grand Chancellor was shut down when six people connected to the quarantine facility tested positive for the more contagious strain of coronavirus in the UK.
After the father and daughter tested positive, all 129 returning quarantined travelers were evacuated and forced to resume their 14-day isolation at another hotel.
A cleaner and her partner, who are among the six, were contagious while in the community, causing a three-day lockdown in Brisbane last weekend.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has now proposed a national network of outback quarantine camps to protect Australians from the British variant.
Ms Palaszczuk says it is clearly too risky to quarantine travelers in capital cities.
Queensland instead wants to quarantine people in abandoned regional mining camps.