Queensland pushes for mining camps to be used for quarantine as state records four more coronavirus cases and 129 returned travellers are evacuated from super-spreader hotel
Queensland wants to use Outback mining camps instead of Brisbane hotels to quarantine returned travellers, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Thursday.
The state will propose the option to National Cabinet after coronavirus spread through a quarantine hotel, possibly through the air-conditioning, infecting a cleaner and another couple in quarantine.
Brisbane’s Grand Chancellor Hotel was evacuated on Wednesday night as officials scrambled to work out how UK super-strain of coronavirus leaked.
A total of 129 travellers, some of whom were just an hour from being released, have been forced to restart their two-week quarantine in new hotels.
On Thursday Queensland recorded four more cases of coronavirus, all in hotel quarantine but not linked to the Grand Chancellor Hotel.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said said held grave concerns about the Hotel Grand Chancellor (pictured) cluster, which has grown to six cases of the highly-contagious UK virus strain
Guests at the Hotel Grand Chancellor will be moved to other hotels in Brisbane after the coronavirus cluster grew to six cases. Pictured is two guests on their balcony at Hotel Grand Chancellor on Wednesday
Some 226 employees who have worked at the hotel since December 30 must also be quarantined and tested.
An additional 250 guests who have left quarantine since December 30 and remain in Queensland are being contacted as they must undergo another 14 days of hotel quarantine.
Premier Palaszczuk said her government’s moves have been backed by Health Minster Greg Hunt and the AHPPC.
She said the mining camps she wants to use instead of hotels were comfortable and had balconies or outside space.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the ambulance transfer of 129 patients to new hotels on Wednesday was ‘perfectly safe’.
‘My concern was that I did not know how it spread in the hotel. So I didn’t want the virus to potentially spread to more people in the hotel. So that’s why I wanted them all out of there,’ she said.
Around 600 people have been forced into quarantine due to the Hotel Grand Chancellor cluster. Pictured are paramedics at the Brisbane hotel on Wednesday
Queensland health authorities are concerned about the growing cluster as life slowly returns to normal in Brisbane after a three day lockdown. Pictured are Brisbane residents returning to their normal lives in the city’s CBD on Tuesday
The Hotel Grand Chancellor cases
• A man aged in his 30s who arrived from the UK on December 30.
• His partner – a woman in her 30s who arrived from the UK on December 30.
• A hotel cleaner in her 20s.
• Her partner – a man in his 20s.
• A man in his 40s who arrived from Lebanon on January 1.
• His daughter – a woman in her 20s, who arrived on January 1.