Brisbane stays on ‘heightened alert’ because it hopes to keep away from one other lockdown


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has requested the nationwide cupboard to re-evaluate lodge quarantine guidelines with a purpose to stamp out the mutant pressure of COVID-19 earlier than it spreads by means of the group.

Her workplace advised Brisbane Occasions the state authorities had no plans to halt worldwide arrivals fully, with Queensland nonetheless accepting as much as 500 folks every week.

Chief Well being Officer Jeanette Younger has no thought how the mutant pressure escaped the confines of the quarantined room, and well being authorities are investigating each attainable situation, from the results of flushing a bathroom to the circulation of airconditioning vents.

“This has occurred in a short time and we’re struggling to learn the way it’s obtained out of that room,” Dr Younger mentioned.

“I don’t perceive the way it occurred on flooring seven. I don’t know the way it has transmitted.”

The unique case was a person who returned from the UK and examined constructive in quarantine on December 29.

Since then, he has contaminated his companion, a lodge cleaner and her companion, in addition to a father and daughter who have been quarantined on the identical flooring of the Lodge Grand Chancellor.

A quarantined traveller at the Hotel Grand Chancellor with a sign saying "Please help us".

A quarantined traveller on the Lodge Grand Chancellor with an indication saying “Please assist us”.Credit score: Matt Dennien

Of the contaminated six, solely the lodge cleaner and her companion mingled locally whereas infectious.

There was no proof the pair contaminated anybody else, after greater than 100,000 folks have been swabbed previously six days, nevertheless some folks don’t present signs or return a constructive consequence for as much as 14 days after they’re contaminated.

January 22 will mark two weeks, or one incubation interval, for the reason that pair final had interactions exterior isolation.

Higher Brisbane will virtually actually be thrown back into hard lockdown if one other case of the UK pressure is detected exterior lodge quarantine between every now and then.

How the six circumstances grew to become contaminated

December 30: A person who got here to Brisbane from the UK with the mutant pressure assessments constructive. He then infects his companion, who was staying in the identical room on degree seven of the Lodge Grand Chancellor in Brisbane’s CBD.

January 6: A lodge cleaner tests positive for the virus. The 22-year-old had returned a destructive check on December 29 however authorities imagine she was unknowingly infectious locally for 5 days.

January Eight-11: Brisbane goes into lockdown. No new circumstances are detected locally.

January 11: The cleaner’s companion tests positive. He was infectious locally for 2 days earlier than he went into isolation on January 7.

January 12: A father and daughter who returned from Lebanon test positive to COVID-19 on day 10 of their lodge quarantine keep. They have been housed on degree seven of the Lodge Grand Chancellor.

January 13: Heath authorities evacuate the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Returned abroad travellers as a consequence of be launched from quarantine on the Grand Chancellor Lodge on Wednesday morning have been ferried by ambulance to new resorts to start out one other two weeks’ quarantine.

Antonia McCahon arrived in Brisbane from France on December 30 and had been as a consequence of be launched from quarantine on Wednesday morning.

As a substitute she says she was merely advised to maintain her bag packed and stand by.

“The police, the well being employees and the lodge staff have really been implausible whereas I’ve been right here, I can’t fault something that’s occurred – up till immediately,” Ms McCahon mentioned.

“Simply the lack of knowledge is so irritating. Actually, I’m watching the information to seek out out what may occur to me.”

Many evacuees waited for transport on their balconies on the Grand Chancellor, one of many few quarantine resorts within the metropolis with outside entry, with one girl holding an indication studying: “Please assist us.”

– with Matt Dennien and Stuart Layt

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