All rooms at Brisbane lodge to be examined in breach investigation

“That’s a part of the consideration of what’s occurring in the meanwhile, to attempt to work out if there’s any extra info we are able to get,” Dr Younger mentioned.

The cluster was sparked when a person arrived in Brisbane from the UK on December 30, unknowingly already carrying the extra virulent B.1.1.7 pressure of COVID-19 that has been circulating there.

The person’s accomplice was additionally contaminated, however they have been staying in the identical room, so authorities are assured of the transmission hyperlink in that case.

Nonetheless, 4 different instances – a lodge cleaner and her accomplice, and a person and a girl from Lebanon in a unique room on the seventh flooring – should not have clear strains of transmission.

Hypothesis has swirled this week about whether or not the hospital’s airconditioning system may need unfold the extra virulent pressure to different rooms, or whether or not the lodge’s elevators may be a vector.

Dr Younger mentioned there have been plenty of info that had already been established, together with that the person and the cleaner have been by no means in the identical room.


“We all know as a indisputable fact that the person from the UK left that room on the third of January … when he was taken to hospital,” she mentioned.

“And we all know as one other indisputable fact that the cleaner solely labored on the second [of January]. So there isn’t a approach that the cleaner has gone into that room after the gentleman left.

“I’m very, very sure that the cleaner was solely there on the second, and the person was nonetheless within the room on the second, so the cleaner didn’t go into that room on the second.”

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski mentioned investigators would proceed to undergo CCTV of the lodge over the related 4 days to ascertain the processes that have been in place on the lodge when the transmission is believed to have occurred.

“The principle focus for the investigation is the whole lot to do with the Grand Chancellor – its surroundings, the way it operates, the processes that individuals used, what occurred,” he mentioned.

“So we’re going to have a look at what ought to have occurred, what did occur, and what extra we are able to be taught round what’s occurring. So nothing is off the desk.”

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