Fears of a Sydney hotel quarantine outbreak as a traveller is infected with the exact same Covid strain as a couple in a nearby roomA traveller in hotel quarantine has been infected with Alpha strain of Covid-19Strain at a hotel in Sydney’s CBD is identical to another couple staying at venueAll three positive cases were transferred to the Special Health Accommodation Will remain at venue following their positive results, according to NSW HealthBy Andrew Prentice For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 08:57 EDT, 15 June 2021 | Updated: 10:16 EDT, 15 June 2021
Fears are rising of a potential Sydney hotel quarantine outbreak after a traveller was infected with the identical Covid strain to a couple based in an adjacent room.
NSW Health is frantically investigating the development, with the viral sequence of all three cases confirmed as the same UK variant, known as the Alpha variant.
It remains unknown how the transmission occurred on the fourth floor of the Radisson Blu quarantine hotel in the city’s CBD.
All three positive Covid cases were in hotel quarantine at Radisson Blu (pictured) in Sydney’s CBD
NSW Health confirmed the three positive cases in hotel quarantine (pictured, healthcare workers transport a person into a patient transport vehicle)
The couple, who were asymptomatic, returned a positive Covid test following a test on June 3.
The other returned traveller from Doha returned a negative day two test on June 3, before developing symptoms and testing positive two days later on June 5.
In a statement on Tuesday night, NSW Health confirmed the three positive cases.
‘Early possibilities as to where transmission may have occurred from the couple to the secondary case include on the flight, on transport from the airport to the hotel, in the lobby of the hotel, or while in quarantine,’ the statement read.
‘Currently, there is no evidence of further transmission.’
All three positive cases arrived into Sydney on the same flight from Doha in Qatar on June 1.
The trio were quickly transferred to the Special Health Accommodation where they will remain following their positive results.
As a precautionary measure, all returned travellers who stayed on the fourth floor at the hotel between June 1 and 5 must get tested and self-isolate before receiving further advice.
Additionally, staff who worked on the fourth floor of the Radisson Blu between June 1 and June 5 have also been asked to get tested and isolate.