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Health & Fit Sydney Virus Cases Transmitted During Quarantine Raise Concerns

16:55  18 april  2021
16:55  18 april  2021 Source:   bloomberg.com

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(Bloomberg) -- Concerns in Australia about Covid-19 spreading in quarantine are mounting as three new cases among a family of returned travelers were discovered to have been transmitted in a Sydney hotel.

a person standing in front of a fence: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08: Passengers wearing face masks and face shields having recently landed from overseas walk to a hotel quarantine bus at Sydney International Airport on January 08, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. The international arrival cap has been lowered and all domestic and international air travellers are now required to wear masks as Australia takes precautions due to concerns over a new Covid-19 strain. Brisbane will enter a three-day lockdown tonight after a cleaner working at a quarantine hotel tested positive for the new Covid-19 variant. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images) © Photographer: James D. Morgan/Getty Images AsiaPac SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08: Passengers wearing face masks and face shields having recently landed from overseas walk to a hotel quarantine bus at Sydney International Airport on January 08, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. The international arrival cap has been lowered and all domestic and international air travellers are now required to wear masks as Australia takes precautions due to concerns over a new Covid-19 strain. Brisbane will enter a three-day lockdown tonight after a cleaner working at a quarantine hotel tested positive for the new Covid-19 variant. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)

The infections, initially recorded as contracted overseas, are now believed to have been picked up from a family of four in an adjoining room in a city quarantine hotel, New South Wales Health said in a statement Sunday. Investigations into how the transmission occurred are under way, it said.

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“All guests staying on the same floor of the hotel have been retested and returned negative results,” and staff who worked nearby are self-isolating and getting tests, New South Wales Health said.

The incident adds to debate over possible shortcomings within the hotel quarantine system, given the rise of more-infectious strains of the virus. The new cases also fuel speculation that ventilation systems may be contributing to dispersion.


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Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing Mark Butler on Sunday called for national standards on quarantine and for dedicated facilities to be established away from the central business districts. Federal and state leaders will meet to strategise on the response to the virus and the vaccine rollout Monday.

Total cases in New South Wales since the start of the pandemic stand at 5,187.

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