‘Floats through walls’: Anger and worry after UK strain of coronavirus spreads in Brisbane quarantine hotel

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Health authorities are baffled by how the highly contagious UK strain of coronavirus spread through a quarantine hotel in Brisbane, which led to more than 100 guests being urgently evacuated yesterday.
“Was it in the air conditioning? Was it movement? Was it picking up something? We just don’t know those answers yet,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said as she sounded the alarm yesterday.

Investigations into the transmission come after four guests and a cleaner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, on the seventh floor at different times, all contracted the UK strain of the virus.

Hotel Grand Cancellor, Brisbane CBD where a hotel cleaner tested positive to COVID-19 UK variant. (Attila Csaszar)

More than 100 people in quarantine at the hotel were blindsided as a fleet of ambulances…



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