Health Minister reveals new theory on how Covid-19 got to Northern Beaches – and says New Year’s Eve fireworks are still ON
The woman, who touched down on December 1, was moved from a policed hotel to a health hotel when she tested positive and remains in quarantine.
Genomic sequencing has shown her strain of the disease is extremely similar to the strain ravaging the Northern Beaches – but mystery surrounds how it got from her into the community.
Premier Berejiklian urged residents to wear masks on public transport and in spaces where social distancing is not possible such as shops and supermarkets. Pictured: Queues for testing at Bondi
Minster Hazzard speculated a quarantine worker may have caught the disease from her by picking up her bag.
‘She is certainly a person that we have got to look more closely at. How could it have possibly got from her to the beaches when she is still in a quarantine hotel,’ he told ABC News on Monday morning.
‘It is a human system. People have to accept this is a human system and if someone picked up a bag by mistake and then put it down, it could be anything that she might have handled.
‘It just could be anything at all on that front. We don’t know the answer at this point,’ he said.’