COVID-positive woman allowed to leave hotel quarantine to visit hospital in Brisbane

Twist in suspected Covid breach as it’s revealed returned traveller infected with mutant strain was wearing protective gear when she left hotel quarantine to be with her sick father

  • The woman and her dad were quarantining at Brisbane’s Grand Chancellor Hotel
  • He fell ill and an ambulance arrived to take him the Royal Brisbane Hospital
  • The woman, despite not needing medical treatment, also went to the hospital
  • The pair, who recently returned from Lebanon, earlier tested positive to Covid
  • After returning to the hospital they both tested positive to the UK mutant strain

A returned traveller infected with the UK’s highly contagious mutant strain of Covid was wearing full protective gear when she broke hotel quarantine to visit her father in hospital.

The woman and her father were quarantining at Brisbane‘s Grand Chancellor Hotel on Monday night when he fell ill.

When an ambulance arrived at the hotel to collect her father, the woman got in and accompanied him to Royal Brisbane Hospital, The Courier Mail reports.

The father and daughter, who recently returned from Lebanon, had earlier tested positive to coronavirus.

It’s since been revealed the woman was allowed to travel with her father to and from the hospital in an ambulance, while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

The woman and her father were quarantining at Brisbane’s Grand Chancellor Hotel (pictured) on Monday night when he became unwell

When an ambulance arrived at the hotel to collect her father, the woman got in and accompanied him to Royal Brisbane Hospital

When an ambulance arrived at the hotel to collect her father, the woman got in and accompanied him to Royal Brisbane Hospital

After returning to the hospital from her hospital visit, where she came into contact with several people, the woman – and her father – tested positive to the mutant strain.

It’s not know how the woman got back to the hotel, or how long she stayed at the hospital. It’s believed she may have taken a taxi or Uber.

The pair have brought the Grand Chancellor Hotel cluster to six cases.

After they tested positive, all 129 quarantining returned travellers were evacuated and forced to start over their 14 day isolation at a different hotel.

Two recent travellers to South Australia are in quarantine after spending time at Hotel Grand Chancellor.

SA Health says updated information on Thursday has confirmed that one person, who arrived via Victoria, is in isolation along with a second person who was originally thought to have left the state.

Officials at first thought up to four people may have travelled to South Australia after spending time at the hotel.

The information comes after the Grand Chancellor was shut down when six people linked to the quarantine facility tested positive for the more contagious UK coronavirus strain.

After the father and daughter tested positive, all 129 quarantining returned travellers were evacuated and forced to start over their 14 day isolation at a different hotel

After the father and daughter tested positive, all 129 quarantining returned travellers were evacuated and forced to start over their 14 day isolation at a different hotel

A cleaner and her partner, who are among the six, were contagious while in the community and triggered a three-day lockdown in Brisbane last weekend.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has now proposed a national network of outback quarantine camps to protect Australians from the UK variant.

Ms Palaszczuk says it’s clearly too risky to quarantine travellers in capital cities anymore.

Queensland is instead looking to order people to quarantine in vacant regional mining camps.

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