Fears coronavirus has been found at luxury $900-a-night five-star Gold Coast hotel used by celebrities including Taylor Swift
- Paramedics were called to a suspected coronavirus case at Peppers Broadbeach just after 1.30pm on Tuesday
- Police and paramedics were pictured wearing decontamination as a man was placed into an ambulance
- Hotel is hot-spot for A-listers and hosted popstar Taylor Swift and then boyfriend Tom Hiddleston in 2016
There are fears a coronavirus case has been discovered at a Gold Coast hotel popular with A-list celebrities.
Paramedics clad from head-to-toe in decontamination suits swarmed to Peppers Broadbeach at about 1.30pm on Tuesday after reports a guest was showing symptoms of the deadly virus.
A Queensland Ambulance Services spokesman said paramedics attended a ‘medical incident’ on Elizabeth Street and a patient was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
Paramedics wearing Hazmat suits arrived at Peppers, on Elizabeth Street, Broadbeach, to reports of a suspected coronavirus case on Tuesday
Two people waiting outside with face masks took ambulance paramedics to their friend waiting inside the luxury hotel
An ambulance source said the patient had recently returned to the Gold Coast from China and was displaying symptoms, The Gold Coast Bulletin reports.
It is believed police were present to assist with crowd control and to establish a quarantine area if required.
Two people wearing face masks were seen waiting for paramedics before escorting them into the building.
Paramedics later emerged with a man who was pictured getting into the back of an ambulance.
Paramedics completely covered in decontamination gear, holding medical equipment and plastic bags, emerged 40 minutes later with a man
Queensland health tested a further six people across the state for the illness on Tuesday, all of which came back negative.
The test takes up to six hours to complete and the results of the latest patient are yet to be confirmed.
The Broadbeach division of the international hotel chain costs $911 a night for a penthouse suite with panoramic views of the ocean.
A man was pictured securing his protective eye equipment as he entered the ambulance out the front of the hotel
The luxurious 4.5 star hotel is a hot-spot for celebrities, and is understood to have hosted popstar Taylor Swift and, then boyfriend, Tom Hiddleston in 2016.
So far, the deadly virus, officially named 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), has killed 106 people in China and infected more than 4,500 across 17 countries.
In Australia, there are currently four confirmed cases in New South Wales, and one in Victoria.
Coronavirus in Australia
Australia’s first confirmed case of coronavirus is a Chinese national in his 50s who tested positive in Melbourne after arriving on a flight from Guangzhou on January 19.
Three more cases were confirmed in NSW, with two people in isolation at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital.
A fifth person, from Sydney, tested positive to ‘probable’ coronavirus after initial swabs. It was later confirmed they had contracted the deadly virus.
The patient was identified as a 21-year-old female student at UNSW who travelled from Wuhan to Sydney last Thursday, January 23.
Australia has raised the travel alert level to ‘do not travel’ for the city of Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak – and for the entire Hubei province.
Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says unless people have contact with someone who is unwell and has come from that part of China, there is no need for current concern.
Police attending the scene to assist Queensland Ambulance Service with crowd control could be seen entering the building holding masks
The luxurious 4.5 star hotel is a hot-spot for celebrities, and is understood to have hosted popstar Taylor Swift and, then boyfriend, Tom Hiddleston in 2016