Six new cases, virus spreading again within Grand Chancellor

 

 

UPDATE: Queensland has recorded six new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with all in hotel quarantine.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said none of the new hotel cases were located in the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Ms Palaszczuk said it would be another 24 hours before authorities could be confident that there has been no community transmission linked to a doctor who tested positive on Friday last week.

The 272 close contacts have been identified plus a further 160 in the Princess Alexandra Hospital - with 86 tested and coming back negative today.

There have been over 300 tests of close contacts from the four venues the doctor visited on Thursday last week as well as patients and staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Sonya Bennett said genomic sequencing had linked two cases of the virus on the same floor of the Hotel Grand Chancellor and a doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The doctor assessed one of the cases in hospital last Wednesday.

Ms Palaszczuk said she was extremely concerned about the number of cases of the virus being detected in Papua New Guinea.

While there have been no new positive cases in the Grand Chancellor, Deputy SOnya Bennett said they will review CCTV to determine how the case was transmitted.


"Late last night the whole genomic sequencing confirmed that is likely the case," Ms Bennett said.

 

EARLIER: Brisbane will likely know if it has community transmission of COVID-19 today with the test results of hundreds of close contacts of a doctor who tested positive on Friday expected.

There have been over 300 tests of close contacts from the four venues the doctor visited on Thursday last week as well as patients and staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, along with Health Minister Yvette D'Ath and deputy chief health officer Sonya Bennett, will be provided an update at 9am Monday.

A doctor at Princess Alexandra Hospital tested positive for COVID on Friday. Picture: David Clark
A doctor at Princess Alexandra Hospital tested positive for COVID on Friday. Picture: David Clark

Three close contacts of the doctor have already come back negative.

The female doctor is believed to have contracted the virus while treating two patients on Wednesday last week.

It comes as Brisbane's Grand Chancellor Hotel was thrown into lockdown over a historic case in hotel quarantine, believed to be acquired in the hotel.

 

Deputy chief health officer Sonya Bennet. Picture: John Gass
Deputy chief health officer Sonya Bennet. Picture: John Gass

 

 

The person was staying on the same floor as another case who is believed to have also transmitted the virus to the doctor at Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Deputy chief health officer Sonya Bennett said the matter is only a "potential event."

"What we want to rule out … that there has been any transmission at all in hotel quarantine," she said.

"Because it's one of a number of possible options to explain the case identified."

Originally published as Brisbane will know today if COVID has spread in community



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