Vaccinated NSW hotel quarantine worker tests positive

New South Wales has been thrown into rapid contact tracing efforts, after recording their first local case of coronavirus in 55 days.

A quarantine worker has tested positive last night, and is understood to have been working in two facilities.

Doctor Stephen Conaty from NSW Health confirmed the news ahead of a NSW press conference this afternoon.


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“The source of the new infection reported overnight is under investigation and urgent genome sequencing is underway,” he said.

The Prime Minister spoke about the infection during his press conference, saying the worker had received their first jab of the coronavirus vaccine.

“We’re aware of that, and the individual, in this case, was vaccinated. But this is an important point: the vaccination isn’t immediate.

“I’ve just had my second dose, and the second after I had my first dose, it does take a while.

“And so once you’re vaccinated, you still have to try and observe – as you should – the Covid-safe behaviour,” Mr Morrison said.

NSW will provide more information about the infection this afternoon.