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NSW and Queensland record NO new local coronavirus cases after hotel quarantine cases

NSW and Queensland record NO new local coronavirus cases after both states had virus breaches out of hotel quarantine over the weekend

New South Wales and Queensland have recorded no new locally-acquired Covid-19 cases after both states had virus breaches out of hotel quarantine over the weekend. 

A returned traveller at Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane transmitted the virus to another guest in a separate room.  

It was then spread to a doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital between March 5-9. 

Meanwhile, NSW experienced its own Covid-19 scare after a security guard working in hotel quarantine tested positive.

It comes after a returned traveller at Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane transmitted the virus to another guest in a separate room. Pictured: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

It comes after a returned traveller at Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane transmitted the virus to another guest in a separate room. Pictured: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

It was then spread to a doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital between March 5-9

It was then spread to a doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital between March 5-9

The 47-year-old man worked at both the Sofitel Wentworth and Mantra at Haymarket hotels in inner Sydney and had already received his first Pfizer jab. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government is relieved there has been no community transmission since the man’s test results came back.

‘There were more than 8000 people tested, notwithstanding it was over the weekend,’ she said. 

‘We are pleased about those numbers and encourage anybody with the mildest of symptoms to come forward.’

The source of the security guard’s infection remains unclear, with all four of his family contacts testing negative so far.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said a ‘working hypothesis’ was the man picked up the virus from an infected traveller while working at the Sofitel overnight on March 6.

The end of the state’s 55-day Covid-free streak prompted the opposition to renew calls for the government to ensure that all hotel quarantine security guards were employed full-time so they did not have to work across multiple venues.

Six new cases were recorded in returned international travellers in hotel quarantine in Queensland, and three in NSW, on Monday.  

The 47-year-old man who worked at both the Sofitel Wentworth and Mantra at Haymarket hotels in inner Sydney tested positive late Saturday night

The 47-year-old man who worked at both the Sofitel Wentworth and Mantra at Haymarket hotels in inner Sydney tested positive late Saturday night 

More to come.  

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