New South Wales and Queensland have recorded no new locally-acquired Covid-19 cases after both states had virus breaches out of hotel quarantine over the weekend.
A returned traveller at Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane transmitted the virus to another guest in a separate room.
It was then spread to a doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital between March 5-9.
Meanwhile, NSW experienced its own Covid-19 scare after a security guard working in hotel quarantine tested positive.
It was then spread to a doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital between March 5-9
NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the security guard caught the virus from an infected returned traveller who was staying on floor 11 of the Sofitel
The 47-year-old man worked at both the Sofitel Wentworth and Mantra at Haymarket (pictured) hotels in inner Sydney and had already received his first Pfizer jab
The 47-year-old man worked at both the Sofitel Wentworth and Mantra at Haymarket hotels in inner Sydney and had already received his first Pfizer jab.
NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the security guard caught the virus from an infected returned traveller who was staying on floor 11 of the Sofitel.
The security guard had completed a shift on the same floor.
‘Genomic sequencing indicates they are a match. It has identical sequences to that of the security guard,’ Dr Chant told reporters on Monday.
Sydney exposure sites
The Bexley Aquatic Centre on Saturday 13 March from 9am until 9:30am.
Hudson’s coffee shop at Hurstville private hospital on Monday March 8 from 8:30am until 9am, Tuesday March 9 from 8:30am until 9am and Wednesday March 10 from 8:30am until 9am.
Pancakes on the rocks at Beverly Hills on Saturday March 13 from 10:45am until midday
A train from Hurstville to Central arriving at 6:30pm on Friday March 12 and city to Hurstville leaving at 7am
‘We did review the CCTV footage and can I just say this gentleman was exemplary in his adherence to the procedures for mask wearing and other protections and precautions.
‘So we haven’t been able to find an exact source or an explanation for how this person became infected.
‘We are testing coworkers who worked with this gentleman to just check there is not someone else who may have been an intermediary who transmitted to this gentleman.’
The quarantine period for guests on floor 11 has been extended until March 23; 14 days after the infectious international traveller was removed from the hotel.
Dr Chant also revealed the security guard worked in a building management role during the week at an apartment in the ICAP point Towers in Hurstville.
‘I would want to assure people that he did not have any casual or close contact with residents in that apartment complex,’ she said.
‘In terms of the community exposure site, this gentleman was without symptoms, he was going about its business as expected.’
NSW Health are now contacting the man’s coworkers and any contractors that might have come onto the building site.’
All four of his family contacts have tested negative so far.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government is relieved there has been no community transmission since the man’s test results came back.
The end of the state’s 55-day Covid-free streak prompted the opposition to renew calls for the government to ensure that all hotel quarantine security guards were employed full-time so they did not have to work across multiple venues.
Six new cases were recorded in returned international travellers in hotel quarantine in Queensland, and three in NSW, on Monday.
The Queensland doctor’s positive result ended the state’s 59-day Covid-free streak.
The infected doctor had contact with two patients in the early hours of Wednesday before testing positive on Friday.
Deputy Chief Health Officer Sonya Bennett said it’s concerning that the doctor became infected despite wearing PPE while treating patients.
‘The hospital will look into that and identify any particular cause that may need an improvement,’ she said.
A returned traveller at Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane transmitted the virus to another guest in a separate room. Pictured: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
The infected person was staying on the same floor as at the Hotel Grand Chancellor as another infected traveller now at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Other guests are seen at the hotel in January
Meanwhile, 238 people linked to the infected doctor have been traced, with virus test results due back in the coming days, Deputy Chief Health Officer Sonya Bennett said.
This includes 61 staff and seven patients at the hospital. Three close contacts of the doctor have all tested negative.
The Australian Medical Association said the outbreak was ‘completely preventable’ while slamming the Queensland Government for not vaccinating the doctor.
‘The Queensland doctor exposed to Covid did all the right things with no breach of PPE protocols and still tests positive,’ AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid said.
‘Clearly PPE is inadequate. Covid transmission to quarantine and health workers is now COMPLETELY preventable with proper PPE and vaccines. No excuses.
‘Even if the personal safety of healthcare workers isn’t enough to motivate hospitals to enforce adequate PPE and get frontline staff vaccinated, surely it is worth preventing the enormous community impact of lockdowns, border closures and restrictions. QLD government needs to do much better.’