The contagious Delta COVID-19 variant has spread between rooms in Brisbane hotel room, health authorities have announced, as the state moves to close borders to travellers from seven Sydney local government areas.
Genome sequencing has revealed a couple quarantining at the Brisbane Airport Novotel Hotel contracted the virus from another person staying in an adjacent room.
“At the time we thought it was just overseas acquired. But now that I’ve got the genome sequencing back, it’s clear the first person has given it to the other two people,” Chief Medical Officer Jeanette Young said on Wednesday.
The couple arrived at the hotel on 8 June and the person, who is source of the infection, tested positive shortly after arriving on 10 June.
Authorities are in the process of contacting all 30 people who stayed on the same floor of the hotel and have since left, while quarantine will be extended for those still on the floor, Dr Young said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the virus likely spread when guests opened doors.
“I stress, we need to have regional quarantine,” she said. “This Delta variant is spreading quickly in our hotels, so we are inspecting that and we’ll be doing an investigation in relation to the matter.”
Ms Palaszczuk also announced Queensland’s borders would be closed to travellers from seven Sydney local government areas from 1am on Thursday.
The local government areas are:
Queensland recorded no new locally transmitted cases on Wednesday.