A West Australian man who has lived in a hostel in Brisbane backpacker has tested positive for COVID-19, says Queensland’s Health Minister Yvette D’Ath.
Mrs D’Ath said he traveled to Brisbane from the Philippines and had completed hotel quarantine but became uncomfortable after leaving quarantine.
The man had been contagious in the community since July 22 and was staying at the Roma Street City backpackers hostel.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young expressed concern about the number of COVID-positive people who have been in the Queensland community.
“This is the thirteenth outbreak of the virus in the community of Queensland over the last six weeks,” said Dr. Young.
“So it’s becoming more and more worrying that we’re getting these repeated invasions of the virus in Queensland.
“We’re in touch with tracking people in Rome Street backpackers.”
A further 19 cases were discovered in the crew of the bulk carrier MV Sanyu off the coast of Queensland.
Dr. Young said nurses visited the ship yesterday and 19 of the 21 crews tested positive for COVID-19.
“We have two separate issues today,” she said.
“The second question we have is a gentleman who was in hotel quarantine at Quest Hotel in Brisbane, left hotel quarantine after three negative tests and then became unwell, so he went to the emergency department of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, where he was tested late Monday. tonight. “
Dr. Young said she expected genome sequencing later today to confirm where the man acquired the infection.
She said masks were critical and that she believed that was the reason why there has not been a broad transmission of society during the recent outbreaks.
“Given that we are seeing an increasing number of cases across the country, it is very important that we are not complacent about vaccination in Queensland,” said Dr. Young.
“It may be what makes the difference in the future.
“So if we have an outbreak in Queensland that we can see from NSW, the people who are being protected are the people who are being vaccinated.”
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Qantas said the female flight attendant, who was fined yesterday for COVID-19 border violations, has not been back at work since testing positive as she is still in hotel quarantine.
It is understood that the airline will investigate her behavior and the police incidents that led to the $ 4,135 fine when she returns to work.
The MV Sanyu crew arrives in Brisbane
Health authorities will work closely with Maritime Safety Queensland to organize the best possible response to secure the ship’s crew.
“Bulk carrier Sanyu came into the waters of Torres Strait on Monday and asked for a pilot and then revealed that they had many sick people on the ship,” said Dr. Young.
“It has been organized that the ship will steam around to Weipa … and then we will bring the sick crew down to Brisbane to be led in one of our COVID facilities in Brisbane.
“The ship originally came from the Philippines, and the entire crew, I understand, is from the Philippines.”
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