New case of mutant UK Covid is recorded in Queensland as partner of infected quarantine hotel cleaner also tests positive
- The infected cleaner was working at the Hotel Grand Chancellor at Spring Hill
- The woman in her 20s last worked on January 2 and tested positive on January 7
The partner of a quarantine hotel cleaner who caught the UK mutant strain of COVID-19 has also tested positive.
The infected cleaner, a Brisbane woman in her 20s, had been working at the Hotel Grand Chancellor at Spring Hill which housed patients with the strain.
She last worked on January 2 and tested negative, before developing symptoms and returning a positive result on January 7.
The infected cleaner, a woman in her 20s who lives in Algester, had been working at the Hotel Grand Chancellor at Spring Hill (pictured), with her most recent shift on January 2
She last worked on January 2 and tested negative, before developing symptoms and returning a positive result on January 7
Queensland Health on Monday night announced the cleaner’s partner has now also tested positive.
Health officials said the man has been in quarantine since January 7 and has been tested twice, with his positive result coming back today.
‘Additional contact tracing is underway and testing of other close contacts of both the man and woman will continue this week,’ a statement read.
‘While we don’t normally report new cases until the next reporting period Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young wanted the community updated and is urging people to follow the public health advice that will keep us all safe.’
Health authorities said the new case won’t impact restrictions in Greater Brisbane.
About two million Queenslanders are due to emerge from a snap three-day lockdown on Monday night.
The lockdown of the Greater Brisbane area was put in place after the hotel quarantine worker became infected with the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19.
Some restrictions, including wearing masks, will remain in place for 10 days.