The NSW Premier said she supported tracking down anyone linked to a Brisbane hotel as she works to tighten the state’s hotel quarantine facilities.
NSW Health announced late on Wednesday night that anyone in the state who had quarantined at the Hotel Grand Chancellor since December 30 needed to contact them and undergo another 14 days quarantine.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she strongly supported tracking down anyone who may have been exposed to the strain as she works alongside other leaders to “keep the virus out of the Australian community”.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Wednesday announced the 129 guests currently quarantining at the Hotel Grand Chancellor would be made to undergo an extra 14 days of isolation. In addition, the 250 people released from the facility since December 30 and the 226 staff who worked since that date would also be made to undergo two weeks isolation.
It comes after it was revealed six people had contracted the highly contagious UK variant of COVID-19 at the hotel. Authorities say there are no clear links between the cases, but four cases were housed on the same level at the hotel where the cleaner – the fifth case – worked. Her partner later tested positive.
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