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Returned travellers in Adelaide hotel linked to Covid cluster may have to restart quarantine

Returned travellers quarantining in an Adelaide hotel linked to a coronavirus cluster that has now infected 20 people are being told they may have to restart their quarantine in a new hotel, regardless of how many days they have already served.



a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Photograph: Richard Wainwright/AAP


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It means some returned travellers may ultimately be forced to quarantine for up to 28 days.

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The action is being taken out of concern Covid-19 could spread inside the Peppers medi-hotel in Adelaide’s city centre, where three Covid-19 cases in the cluster are linked to workers at the hotel.

Related: South Australia facing second wave of coronavirus after hotel quarantine breach

Earlier on Tuesday, the South Australian premier, Steven Marshall, said authorities had recorded one new case overnight after “thousands and thousands of tests” on Monday. He is expected to hold a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

At about 10pm on Monday night, guests at the medi-hotel – the name used for quarantine hotels in South Australia – received pieces of paper under their room door informing them they would be moved to a new hotel on Tuesday.

The SA government document said: “Your safety is our highest priority and, as a result, we will be transferring all travellers to another medi-hotel within the next 24 hours. We understand that there are guests whose quarantine period is due to end tomorrow, Tuesday 17 November, however to ensure your safety and to minimise the public health risk, this time will be extended, which may be up to 14 days.”

Guests will not have to pay for the additional quarantine period, and are being warned they will have to reschedule any connecting flights they had booked if they were transiting through Adelaide.

Another piece of paper given to guests notes the mental health concerns of the extended quarantine, and provides a list of support services.

Guests have also been given information about the SA government’s $300 cluster isolation payment, for those without paid leave.

Dennis K, who is seven days into quarantining in the Peppers hotel with his partner after arriving from Amsterdam, has a connecting flight booked to Melbourne, where they live. He booked flights into Adelaide as Melbourne is not currently accepting international arrivals.



a man holding a glass of wine: Returned travellers to South Australia at Peppers medi-hotel in Adelaide fear moving fellow guests into a bus and new hotel will increase the chance of spreading Covid-19.


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Returned travellers to South Australia at Peppers medi-hotel in Adelaide fear moving fellow guests into a bus and new hotel will increase the chance of spreading Covid-19.

“It’s stressful, because they literally shove a letter under the door, but there was no knock or assistance to explain it to us … People are due to leave this morning. Imagine being told you had to do it all again, imagine

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How Adelaide could go into a Melbourne-style lockdown because of hotel quarantine worker


By Stephen Johnson For Daily Mail Australia

05:06 16 Nov 2020, updated 05:13 16 Nov 2020

  • South Australia outbreak has echoes of Melbourne’s COVID-19 situation in June
  • Adelaide now has 17 active cases with 15 of them linked to one large family 
  • SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said next 24 to 48 hours were crucial 

Adelaide could be placed into a Melbourne-style lockdown after a hotel quarantine worker passed on coronavirus to her large family.

In a case of pandemic déjà vu, the South Australian capital now has 17 active cases, with 15 of them linked to one family.

The latest flare-up in Adelaide’s northern suburbs began after a hotel quarantine worker caught the virus from a returned traveller.

An Adelaide woman told Daily Mail Australia she had already witnessed panic buying at the supermarket.

‘Just been to the shops, the panic buying has started,’ she said.

‘Everyone but us had toilet rolls, the shop was so busy and the staff girl said she got called in early due to it being so busy.’

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall on Monday announced new restrictions, that will see gyms and community sport closed for two weeks as pubs, clubs and restaurants are limited to 100 people.  

The state’s new health crisis has echoes of Melbourne in June when hotel quarantine security guards passed on the disease to their family in the Victorian capital’s northern suburbs.

Adelaide could be placed into a Melbourne-style lockdown after a hotel quarantine worker passed on coronavirus to her large family. In a case of pandemic déjà vu, the South Australian capital now has 17 active cases, with 15 of them linked to one family. Pictured are people lining up on Monday for COVID-19 testing at Parafield Airport in Adelaide’s north

SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the next 24 to 48 hours would be crucial in determining whether Adelaide went into lockdown like Melbourne.

‘I’m acutely aware of the impact of these decisions we make about shutting things down and this is where we have to find that balance,’ he told ABC Radio Adelaide. 

In early June, Melbourne’s daily new cases were in the single digits but by the end of that month, Victoria was averaging 49 new cases a day. 

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By early July, 36 Melbourne suburbs were locked down, including city housing commission blocks in Flemington and North Melbourne.

Despite that, Victoria was recording 400 new cases a day as inadequate contact tracing failed to keep up with rising infections. 

On August 2, all of Melbourne’s five million residents were placed into a strict Stage Four lockdown that banned them from venturing more than 5km from home apart from work.

South Australia’s new health crisis has echoes of Melbourne in June when hotel quarantine security guards passed on the disease to their family in the Victorian capital’s northern suburbs. Pictured are police guarding a housing commission block at Flemington in early July

The active case number surged past 7,000

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Fears of another hotel quarantine disaster as ‘hundreds exposed’ to coronavirus in Adelaide

Authorities fear Adelaide might need to follow Melbourne into a draconian lockdown after hundreds of people were potentially exposed to coronavirus from a hotel quarantine outbreak.

A quarantine hotel worker has tested positive for Covid-19 having caught it from an infected traveller, and has passed on the illness to family members, with four people already having tested positive.

The list of potentially infected places over the weekend now include a prison, a hospital, a primary school, and aged care facility and a shopping centre, with more than 90 people already been forced into quarantine.

Health authorities say it’s too early to tell if the crowds who went to the city’s traditional Christmas Pageant at Adelaide Oval on Saturday have also been exposed.

The Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide's north where a woman in her 80s was diagnosed. More than 90 staff and patients who were there at the same time in Emergency are in quarantine

The Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide’s north where a woman in her 80s was diagnosed. More than 90 staff and patients who were there at the same time in Emergency are in quarantine

West Australian cricketer Cameron Green has his temperature checked on returning home from Adelaide on Saturday. He will now have to go into quarantine for 14 days

West Australian cricketer Cameron Green has his temperature checked on returning home from Adelaide on Saturday. He will now have to go into quarantine for 14 days 

Travellers pictured at Adelaide airport on Saturday. South Australians' travel plans have been thrown into chaos by an outbreak that prompted WA to change its border rules on Sunday

Travellers pictured at Adelaide airport on Saturday. South Australians’ travel plans have been thrown into chaos by an outbreak that prompted WA to change its border rules on Sunday

News of the cluster sparked an immediate reaction to control the outbreak, having learned from the wave of illness which swept through Melbourne in past months.

A plane load of passengers from Adelaide who landed at Perth airport just one day after border rules were relaxed were told to quarantine for 14 days or go home, and people about to depart Adelaide for Perth on Sunday were told they too would be required to quarantine for two weeks if they went ahead with their trips.

SA Health authorities believe the outbreak started when a worker at Peppers Hotel quarantine in Adelaide’s CBD brought the virus home. 

The couple, a woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s, then gave it to an 80-year-old woman who was the mother of one of them.

The elderly woman visited the Parafield Plaza Asian supermarket between 10:30am and 11:30am on Thursday without knowing she was infectious, potentially spreading the virus.

Passengers who flew from Adelaide to Perth on Sunday were told to quarantine or go home. News of Adelaide's outbreak came as their plane was in mid-air. Pictured: a Qantas flight to Adelaide last month

Passengers who flew from Adelaide to Perth on Sunday were told to quarantine or go home. News of Adelaide’s outbreak came as their plane was in mid-air. Pictured: a Qantas flight to Adelaide last month

Medical staff at an Adelaide coronavirus testing clinic in September. Adelaide's spiralling outbreak is worrying health authorities

Medical staff at an Adelaide coronavirus testing clinic in September. Adelaide’s spiralling outbreak is worrying health authorities

On Friday night she sought treatment at Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide’s north where she was diagnosed with coronavirus on Saturday.

About 90 people who were in the hospital’s emergency department between 5:30pm on Friday and 4:00am on Saturday have been ordered into quarantine.  

South Australia’s chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier told reporters on Sunday that the infected trio have a ‘very large family’.

Four close contacts have since showed symptoms and are awaiting coronavirus test results. 

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