Queensland urges mining camps to be used for quarantine as state records four more cases of coronavirus and 129 returning travelers evacuated from superspreader hotel
- Returned travelers in isolation in a Brisbane hotel, forced to re-quarantine
- 129 returnees quarantined at the hotel moved to another accommodation
- 250 guests who have since left the quarantine at the hotel have been forced to do another 14 days
- 226 employees who have been working in the hotel since December 30 are now also in quarantine
Queensland wants to use mining camps in the Outback instead of Brisbane hotels to quarantine returning travelers, Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said Thursday.
The state will propose the option to the national cabinet after the coronavirus has spread through a quarantine hotel, possibly through air conditioning, infecting a cleaner and another couple in quarantine.
On Thursday, Queensland registered four more cases of coronavirus, all quarantined from the hotel but not linked to the Grand Chancellor Hotel.
Hundreds of returning Australians were forced to go into quarantine for two more weeks after guests on the same floor of a Brisbane hotel mysteriously contracted the virus.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said he was deeply concerned about the Hotel Grand Chancellor cluster, which has grown to include six cases of the highly contagious British strain of virus.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said he had serious concerns about the Hotel Grand Chancellor cluster (pictured), which has grown to include six cases of the highly contagious British strain of virus.
Hotel Grand Chancellor guests will be moved to other Brisbane hotels after the coronavirus cluster has grown to six cases. Pictured are two guests on their balcony on Wednesdays at Hotel Grand Chancellor
About 600 people have been forced into quarantine because of the Hotel Grand Chancellor cluster. Pictured are ambulance workers at the Brisbane hotel on Wednesday
Nearly 130 returning travelers who had been quarantined at the hotel were transferred to alternative accommodation after two guests staying on the same floor mysteriously contracted the virus strain.
Some 226 employees who have been working at the hotel since December 30 are also to be quarantined and tested.
An additional 250 guests who have left quarantine since December 30 and remain in Queensland are being contacted as requiring an additional 14 days in hotel quarantine.
“ We are now concerned about this cluster, ” she said on Wednesday, apologizing to those affected but stressing that it was necessary.
Queensland health authorities are concerned about the growing cluster as life in Brisbane slowly returns to normal after a three-day lockdown. Pictured are the Brisbane residents returning to their normal lives in the city’s CBD on Tuesday
‘What we’re dealing with here is something we’ve never dealt with before.
‘This is a new, highly contagious strain. We do not want this to enter the community and so we have taken these precautions today in the interest of public safety.
‘This is alarming, it is of national importance. Everyone should be more attentive to this particular species. ‘
The six cases from the hotel cluster were linked by genomic sequencing.
The business of Hotel Grand Chancellor
• A man in his thirties who arrived from the UK on December 30.
• His partner – a woman in her thirties who arrived from the UK on December 30th.
• A hotel cleaner in his twenties.
• Her partner – a man in his twenties.
• A man in his 40s who arrived from Lebanon on January 1.
• His daughter – a woman in her twenties who arrived on January 1.
Six cases of the highly contagious British strain of virus have been discovered at Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane. Pictured is a guest quarantined at the hotel on Wednesday