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COVID-19 fears spark extra quarantine

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Distressed Australians quarantining at Brisbane’s Hotel Grand Chancellor have been left in the lurch after they were told by a “vague” letter in their breakfast pack that they face another 14 days locked up.

The impersonal measure, slammed as “disgraceful”, “distressing” and “anxiety inducing” by those inside, comes as authorities race to contain any potential spread of a highly infectious strain of COVID-19.

Cases of SARS-CoV-2 B117 – said to be up to 70 per cent more contagious than previous variants – spread from a returned traveller from the UK in quarantine at the Grand Chancellor to his partner, before infecting a hotel cleaner and her partner. Authorities have since confirmed two further people quarantining…



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