UK mutant Covid strain may have seeped through AIR VENTS in Victoria’s hotel quarantine – spreading the deadly virus between two separate rooms and infecting guests
- Travellers in separate rooms at Park Royal Hotel have tested positive to UK strain
The mutant Covid strain wreaking havoc on the UK may have spread from one traveller to another in Victoria’s hotel quarantine, despite them being in different rooms.
An urgent investigation is now underway after the mutant strain spread from one group to another on the same floor of the Park Royal hotel, amid fears it went through the ventilation system.
The travellers have since been moved to the Alfred Health Hotel to isolate.
‘We are investigating how the two sets of cases are linked, including reviewing CCTV footage and undertaking environmental testing of the hotel – including a further review of ventilation systems,’ Quarantine Victoria said in a statement.
‘At this stage we don’t believe the residents have breached any infection prevention and control measures, or had contact with staff.’
An urgent investigation is now underway after the mutant strain spread from one group to another on the same floor of the Park Royal hotel in Melbourne, amid fears it went through the ventilation system
Authorities said that staff are tested daily and none are yet to test positive.
‘Staff will undergo further testing and quarantine at home until further notice as an additional precaution,’ the statement said.
‘All staff working in quarantine hotels are subject to strict infection prevention and control protocols, including wearing PPE and practising thorough hand-hygiene and social distancing.’
A woman in her 60s tested positive for the UK strain after a family of five tested positive just three days earlier.
She arrived from Malaysia on January 11 and had tested negative on her third and 11th day in the hotel but chose to stay on for another two weeks when her husband arrived on January 14.
She then tested positive for the virus on January 28.
Meanwhile, the family-of-five tested positive on January 24 after arriving from Nigeria.
The two parents are aged in their 40s and they have three children aged one, four and seven.
More to follow.