A hunt is underway after a 24-year-old woman allegedly broke out of a hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast. On Monday, the woman was forced into 14-days isolation at the Sofitel at Broadbeach, where she pushed her way through a glass door to escape the facility. A Queensland Police Service spokesperson told NCA NewsWire the 24-year-old made the daring getaway on Tuesday night and remained on the run on Wednesday evening amid strict lockdown orders. Police are investigating after a 24-year-old woman, who was directed to isolate at a Gold Coast quarantine hotel for 14-days as of August 2, escaped the premises,” they said.
She does remain outstanding, so police are conducting extensive searches to locate her as soon as possible. On Tuesday, the woman was tested for Covid-19, which returned a negative result, while police did not reveal where the woman had traveled to the Gold Coast. The daring escape comes as 11 Local Government Areas remain in lockdown amid an escalating Covid-19 outbreak. Health authorities revealed the Delta cluster had added 16 new infections on Wednesday, which Deputy Premier Steven Miles said had grown to 63 in less than a week. This outbreak means this has become our biggest outbreak since the first wave last year,” he told reporters on Wednesday.