Investigations will continue today to try and figure out exactly how coronavirus spread within a quarantine hotel in Brisbane.
Queensland Health authorities yesterday confirmed a Gold Coast man diagnosed with COVID-19 contracted the virus from another returned overseas traveller.
It’s understood the pair stayed in opposite rooms on the exact same floor at the Amora Hotel in Brisbane’s CBD, with authorities now scouring CCTV to work out how the leak occurred.
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The fully-vaccinated Gold Coast man completed the full 14 days in hotel quarantine where he returned three negative COVID-19 tests before being released on July 12.
He didn’t fall ill until three days later and eventually went to see a GP on July 23 where he was tested and returned a positive result.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said genomic testing confirmed the man acquired the virus from a traveller who recently returned from South Africa via Doha, and who has now infected five other people who were on the same flight as him.
“We’ve seen this gentleman, who was on the same floor, in fact in the room opposite to one of those others, has contracted the infection from that person,” Dr Young said.
“They were in opposite rooms across a corridor, so that’s a risk, we know that.
“We’re now looking at CCTV footage to see whether doors have been opened close to each other in time frames.
“We’re also looking at testing regimes, whether there’s a risk there.”
Health Minister Yvette Dath suspects the transmission may have occurred through “the air”.
“More than likely this is going to be something that has been transferred through the air in that hotel because of the nature of this virus,” she said.
Fortunately, there’s so far been no indication of any community spread from the man, who spent a significant amount of time out and about on the Gold Coast.
It’s believed that because the man was fully vaccinated, there was a lower risk of him passing the virus onto anyone else.
But authorities have warned we’re not out of the woods yet, with the city’s exposure site list growing daily.
Another venue was added overnight, with Q Super Centre in Mermaid Waters included in the list of Low Risk sites for Friday July 23 between 11.45am and 12pm.
Anyone who was there during that time is being urged to get tested, however you do not need to isolate.