Victorian returned traveller tests positive to same UK Covid variant as family across hall

 Victorian returned traveller tests positive to same UK Covid variant as family across hall

Victorian health authorities are investigating how a hotel quarantine worker contracted coronavirus after they tested positive to the virus.

The state’s health department announced the positive result on Wednesday night stating: “Our public health teams are investigating and close contacts are being notified. More details will be provided throughout the evening.”

We are aware of a new positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a Hotel Quarantine worker. Our public health teams are investigating and close contacts are being notified. More details will be provided throughout the evening.

— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) February 3, 2021

The premier, Daniel Andrews, was expected to hold a press conference at 10.30pm on Wednesday to discuss the positive case.

Earlier on Wednesday, the state government revealed a returned traveller in hotel quarantine had tested positive to the exact same UK variant of Covid as a family staying across the hall, with health authorities suspecting the viral load was “so high” it jumped across the corridor.

The hotel transmission came as West Australian authorities reported a Perth quarantine guard who contracted coronavirus also did not come into close contact with a returned traveller with the UK infection.

The Victorian emergency services minister, Lisa Neville, announced on Wednesday the hotel transmission occurred between two rooms on the same floor of Melbourne’s Park Royal hotel.

A family of five arrived on 20 January and they all tested positive on 23 January. A woman in another room across the hall then tested positive on 27 January. All were moved to health hotels designed for supporting positive cases.

Neville said the danger of community transmission was “exceptionally low” but authorities were still attempting to determine how the transmission occurred. CCTV footage showed there were no breaches of protocol by either guests or staff. Workers always wore personal protective equipment.

Authorities are examining the ventilation system but

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Redak staff

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