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Qld investigates how hotel quarantine cleaner contracted UK virus strain

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An investigation examining how a Queensland hotel quarantine worker contracted the new UK strain of the coronavirus is now underway although Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young has warned a satisfactory answer may not turn up.

“Other states have had multiple situations where they have had the virus escape from their quarantine hotel, and in most cases they haven’t been able to find out how they occurred,” she said.

A three-day lockdown has been implemented across Greater Brisbane after the hotel quarantine worker tested positive to the highly contagious variant of COVID-19.

The cleaner was out in the community for four days while infected, potentially exposing thousands of people to the UK strain.

Ms Young pointed out the coronavirus was “very contagious” and said the new variant was “70 per cent more contagious”.

“I wasn’t that surprised that our first breach was because of this virus,” she said.

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