Some officers had begun to obtain calls from well being authorities after questions have been raised on Thursday afternoon, a police supply with information of the matter, however not authorised to talk on it, stated.
A Queensland Well being spokeswoman stated all testing was primarily based on normal public well being protocols and the division would proceed to work with police so officers may very well be launched from quarantine on day 14.
The criticism got here simply hours earlier than a report lady in her 20s had breached protocol on Monday night time by returning to the lodge by different means after accompanying her father to hospital in an ambulance.
Each travellers from Lebanon would later check constructive to the extra contagious B.1.1.7 variant of the virus, the Information Corp report stated.
Well being authorities have rejected any suggestion a breach occurred, with a Queensland Well being spokeswoman saying any switch of an individual and relative to hospital from quarantine occurred by way of ambulance underneath full private protecting tools (PPE) and security pointers, even for non-COVID medical points.
“We’re involved some early reporting has misrepresented this example and it is vital individuals perceive the details,” she stated. “All protocols have been adopted on this case.
“Visitors have been transported from and returned to the lodge by Queensland Ambulance Service whereas in applicable PPE. The suggestion the particular person caught a ride-share again to the lodge is unfaithful. Full and correct COVID-19 PPE protocols have been adopted whereas these friends have been within the hospital.”
Following affirmation the pair have been contaminated by the extra contagious pressure on Tuesday night time, first found within the UK, chief well being officer Jeannette Younger ordered all friends to be moved from the lodge in day-long operation.
With six circumstances traced to the lodge’s seventh flooring, workers and a lot of earlier quarantine friends have been additionally directed to quarantine and endure a COVID-19 check out of what Dr Younger described as an abundance of warning whereas authorities investigated how the virus could have unfold among the many group.
Solely two of the group – a cleaner who labored within the lodge and her companion – had been energetic locally whereas unknowingly infectious.
The opposite 4, all returned travellers, all stayed on the identical flooring of the lodge at totally different instances and in separate rooms, sparking calls from Ms Palaszczuk for an overhaul of Australia’s quarantine system.
Matt Dennien is a reporter with Brisbane Occasions.