Returned Australian gets coronavirus from a guest in the hotel’s quarantine room next door – as a sailor on a tanker believed to be also infected turns out to be an old case in embarrassing confusion
- Covid-19 passed to Australian from neighbor in hotel quarantine
- Traveler caught the virus at Pan Pacific hotel in Perth’s CBD in Western Australia
- The virus was thought to have a negative result on the chemical tanker cook
- It was revealed that he was actually infected by the authorities in April
Another Australian returned has contracted the coronavirus from a neighbor in hotel quarantine.
The traveler caught the virus at the Pan Pacific hotel in Perth’s CBD in Western Australia, becoming the latest victim of cross-contamination in quarantine.
A man who arrived from Colombia via the US tested positive on May 23 and his neighbor gave a positive result on May 29 with the same voltage.
Covid-19 has been passed on to a returned Australian from a neighbor in hotel quarantine. The traveler caught the virus at the Pan Pacific hotel (pictured) in Perth’s CBD in Western Australia
Genomic sequencing confirmed the link between the two travelers, but authorities are still trying to determine how it was transmitted. Western Australian reported.
Staff and 12 other travelers on that floor tested negative for the virus and the guards have all been vaccinated.
“It’s only limited to that gentleman in the next room,” WA chief health officer Andy Robertson said Tuesday.
“Other travelers]were some distance away, so it’s quite unlikely they would have been infected. But as a precaution we will test them again on day 17 and again on day 21 to be sure.”
A chemical tanker (pictured) cook in Perth who was thought to have the virus has had a negative result as it was revealed he was actually infected in April
Meanwhile, in April, it was revealed that a chemical tanker cook on a ship docked in Perth, believed to have the virus, was actually infected.
It was previously reported by Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan that he had tested positive for Covid and was an active case.
“Everyone was wearing the proper personal protective equipment,” Mr McGowan said at the time.
“We’ve been told that the risk to Western Australia is very low, but the ship going will of course reduce the pressure on our state.”
He was taken off the ship and placed in hotel quarantine before further testing revealed it was an old infection and he was no longer contagious.
The sailor was fired on Tuesday, while Mr McGowan said there were plans for the tanker to leave the port.
The Pan Pacific Hotel case is the second transmission to have taken place at the quarantine center.
A hotel security guard caught the virus at work and passed it on to two of his roommates last month.
A ventilation report commissioned by the health department earlier this year rated the hotel as having a “moderate risk” of transmission due to its positive pressure chambers.
That was disputed by the hotel, which said each room has a negative or neutral pressure.
The Pan Pacific Hotel case is the second transmission to have taken place at the quarantine center. Pictured: Covid-19 testing in Perth