Queensland Police and health officials are investigating a possible breach of hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast.
It’s alleged a man, who was under strict hotel quarantine rules, stopped at a 7-Eleven on the taxi ride back to his hotel after a trip to hospital back on January 3.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath confirmed on Friday, the man required treatment in hospital and did have permission to leave the hotel.
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“All PPE requirements were complied with and this was authorised travel,” Ms D’Ath told reporters.
“However, there is an allegation that this individual did ask for the taxi driver to stop on the way back to hotel quarantine.
“We’ve referred that to the police to investigate whether there was a deliberate breach and what action should be taken, if any.”
At the time, travellers in hotel quarantine were allowed to travel to and from hospital treatment through a taxi provided protective gear was worn.
It wasn’t until the outbreak in a quarantine hotel in Brisbane a couple of weeks later that the Chief Health Officer tightened the rules, ordering all hospital transport be conducted by Queensland Ambulance.