Sydney hotel quarantine worker tests positive for coronavirus

Fears of a fresh coronavirus outbreak in Sydney as a hotel quarantine worker tests positive – breaking the state’s 55-day streak of no local cases

NSW health authorities are scrambling to prevent another coronavirus outbreak after a hotel quarantine worker in Sydney tested positive.

The worker’s positive tests was reported on Saturday night, breaking the state’s streak of 55 days without a locally-acquired case.

The person had worked in two Sydney hotels housing returned international travellers, according to health officials.

‘The source of the new infection reported overnight is under investigation and urgent genome sequencing is underway,’ Dr Stephen Conaty from NSW Health said. 

Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant will address the state at 1pm on Sunday with more details. 

More to come.